Legislative update: Supporting hospital-based clinic pharmacy licensing

February 4, 2016

WSHA testified this week in support of Senate Bill 6558, which would provide direction on how to implement current pharmacy licensing law (SB 5460), giving hospitals an efficient way to license their clinics and transfer essential medications to them. For years, hospitals were able to transfer medications to their clinics without regulation. However, in 2013 the state Pharmacy Commission deemed these transfers illegal, and clinics were told they would need their own licenses to accept medications. For a large hospital, this could mean applying for and managing upwards of 200 new licenses to continue serving their clinics. SB 6558 would mitigate this need.

Also, Friday is the deadline for most bills to pass from legislative committees to the floor in their house of origin, and this week we are focusing on moving legislation we support forward and amending or stopping detrimental bills from reaching floor. Click here to read more in this week’s Inside Olympia. (Mary Kay Clunies-Ross)


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