This Week in Springfield only the House was in Session. A subject matter hearing was held on a Teamsters pharmacy mandate bill and two bills passed the labor committee that are a concern for Illinois’ businesses.
A subject matter hearing was held to discuss HB 2392 (Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago) that was filed on behalf of the Teamsters in attempt to capitalize on a Chicago Tribune investigative report regarding drug interactions. The problem presented in the report involved a patient presenting two scripts which, if dispensed together, had the possibility of a severe interaction. What should have happened is the pharmacist should have called the prescriber, who should not have prescribed the combinations in the first place, or counseled the patient about the potential interaction and urged them to contact their prescriber. In response, at the behest of Governor Bruce Rauner, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) proposed new rules governing counseling by pharmacists. Once these rules are formally adopted by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) Illinois will have one of the strictest, if not the strictest, counseling laws in the nation. These significant regulatory changes move Illinois from an ‘offer to counsel’ state to a ‘mandatory counsel’ state.