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NACDS Lauds Louisiana Medication Therapy Management Law

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 15 The National Association of Chain Drug Stores issued the following news release:
The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) lauded the signing of a bill that enables pharmacists to administer medication therapy management (MTM) services to patients in Louisiana. NACDS and state pharmacy partners worked on behalf of pharmacy to achieve this law.
The bill signed into law on June 25 by Governor Bobby Jindal (D), was introduced by pharmacist Representative Fred Mills (D) at the request of chain pharmacy. The newly-enacted law gives authority to the state Department of Health and Hospitals to create an MTM pharmacy program.
"This victory in Louisiana further illustrates that pharmacist-administered medication therapy management is an important component in helping patients stay healthy and in reducing healthcare costs," said NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson, IOM, CAE. "Pharmacists are uniquely qualified to offer health screenings and counsel patients about how to take their medications in the right ways to achieve better results. The law will also enable pharmacists to assist patients in managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes."
The New England Healthcare Institute (NEHI) has estimated that medication-related problems including poor adherence, which involves patients not taking medications in the right ways, imposes as much as $290 billion in annual costs, or 14 percent of healthcare expenditures. These costs include emergency room visits, hospitalizations and other preventable forms of care.
"Louisiana has many medically-depressed areas with many Medicaid patients seeing multiple physicians. This law enables pharmacy to be at the forefront in helping to manage not only patients’ needs, but also to help curtail costs especially in an environment where healthcare dollars are so precious," said Rep. Fred H. Mills, Jr. (D-St. Martin), who is also a pharmacist.
"Patients can truly benefit from MTM services. Not only does it help patients maintain their health, but it can enhance the pharmacist-patient relationship and improve health outcomes for patients over time," said Anderson. "NACDS applauds the efforts of Rep. Fred Mills for leading the charge in the state legislature to pass this bill, and we thank Governor Jindal for promptly signing this pro-patient, pro-pharmacy bill into law."
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