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Lawmakers push bill that closes loophole in work comp rates for prescriptions

By Regan McCarthy


Tallahassee, FL – Two lawmakers are putting forward legislation that would change the rules for doctors who dole out repackaged drugs. Regan McCarthy reports the measure would close what the legislators are calling a "loop hole" in workers' compensation reimbursement rates for prescriptions.

Senator Alan Hays and Representative Matt Hudson are behind legislation that would limit the dollar amount doctors could be reimbursed for medicine dispensed in their offices under worker's compensation rules. The measure seeks to bring the cost more in line with the price paid at a pharmacy. Hudson says currently the difference in price is significant.

"The existing loophole allows for repackaged or relabeled prescription drugs to be dispense primarily in physician offices at rates up to 679-percent more than a regular pharmacy would charge."

Hudson says the change would help to decrease the worker's compensation rate and save businesses money.