An Ohio state legislator has introduced a bill to allow pharmacists the authority to substitute epinephrine autoinjectors without requiring a new prescription. HB 101, the Epinephrine Accessibility Act, allows pharmacists to substitute an epinephrine product due to cost, ease of use, or effectiveness. This bill comes on the heels of the outcry around the increasing cost of EpiPen.
HB 101 also allows pharmacists to provide epinephrine to adults without a prescription under a physician-established protocol.
“HB 101 alleviates the administrative burden of going back to the physician, and it works to inject marketplace competition at the pharmacy counter and challenge the dysfunctional PBM rebate structure,” Anthony Ciaccia of the Ohio Pharmacists Association said.