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House Public Health Committee Passes HB 1568

The House Public Health Committee heard additional testimony today regarding HB 1568. As a reminder, this bill was heard during last week’s Committee meeting, but due to a shortage of time, and to allow additional testimony, the bill was heard again.  Although the opposition was strong, HB 1568 passed out of Committee 12-0 with bipartisan support.

IPA President, Dr. Veronica Vernon, once again provided powerful testimony explaining the extensive clinical training students receive in all three of Indiana’s pharmacy schools regarding contraceptives and about her own experiences in the VA prescribing contraception. IPA member Ashley Meredith, a Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Purdue University also testified. Dr. Meredith teaches contraceptives explained to legislators that pharmacists all across Indiana are, based on a Purdue survey, very interested in prescribing contraceptives in order to greatly improve access to birth control for underserved communities and to also help prevent unintended pregnancies. 
 

House Public Health Committee Hears HB 1445 and HB 1568

On Tuesday, February 7th, IPA traveled to the Indiana State House in Indianapolis to offer testimony on two bills. Our current IPA President, Dr. Veronica Vernon, provided this testimony. The first bill we testified in support of was HB1445 which is authored by Representative Ann Vermilion. It requires the department of insurance to issue a request for proposal to audit the prescription drug programs within the state employee health plan and the Medicaid program. The bill passed out of committee 13-0.

The second bill that IPA testified in support of was HB 1568. It is authored by representative Elizabeth Rowray and aims to allow pharmacists who meet certain requirements to prescribe hormonal contraceptive patches and self-administered oral hormonal contraceptives. This is currently done in almost half the states. Due to time constraints, the Committee only had about 9 total minutes to hear testimony. The bill will be discussed again next Tuesday, February 14th

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