Title: Review and Revise the Model State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Regarding Pharmacy Benefit Managers
WHEREAS, the member boards of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) adopted Resolution 108-6-12 at the 108th Annual Meeting, acknowledging the need for state regulations of pharmacy benefit managers (PBM) engaged in the practice of pharmacy using theModel State Pharmacy Act and Model Rules of the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (Model Act) as a standard for states to develop and implement regulations for PBMs; and
WHEREAS, state boards of pharmacy are charged with protecting the public health as it relates to patient safety, patient health, and patient services provided by pharmacies and pharmacists; and
WHEREAS, the policies and practices of PBMs that engage in the practice of pharmacy directly affect patient safety, patient health, and patient services; and
WHEREAS, the regulation of PBMs extends beyond individual state jurisdictions and requires communication and cooperation among the state boards of pharmacy; and
WHEREAS, there is a need to determine the status of PBM regulations in the states to provide a cohesive strategy for revising and reviewing the Model Act;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NABP convene a task force to review the status of PBM regulations in the states, determine the level of cooperation and collaboration among the states in regard to regulating PBMs, and review and propose recommendations to the Model Act language pertaining to PBMs to provide a cohesive and current guideline for states to utilize in developing regulations.
(Resolution passed at the NABP 109th Annual Meeting in St Louis, MO)