Florida Governor DeSantis Announces Prescription Drug Legislation

Florida will seek to give consumers more flexibility in buying prescription drugs and more information about their costs under a legislative proposal that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday he will ask lawmakers to approve.

The proposal would further regulate prescription benefit administrators, the intermediaries between health plans and consumers. The goal is to reduce prescription costs, DeSantis said.

Among other things, the proposal would prevent prescription benefit administrators from forcing consumers to use prescription drug mail-order programs.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks to the crowd after being sworn in to begin his second term during an inauguration ceremony in front of the Old Capitol on January 3, 2023 in Tallahassee, FL.
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“What we’re going to say is, ‘You’re free to use the mail-order pharmacy that they’re telling you to use, but you don’t have to use that,'” DeSantis said. “You have the ability to make your own decision if it is the best for you.”

Prescription drug benefit managers will also need to provide more information when they register with the state, including the pharmacies they are affiliated with and any other companies under their umbrella, DeSantis said.

The proposal would also require drugmakers to issue a report each year justifying price increases.

The state Legislature begins its annual 60-day session in March.

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