Bill Could Pave Way For Local Pharmacies To Join State’s Maintenance Drug Network

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers will be considering legislation that could eventually direct state employee business back to independent pharmacies.

Members of the legislature’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will discuss the bill at a Tuesday afternoon public hearing at the Legislative Office Building.

The bill aims to allow local pharmacies to have more freedoms in contracts with their wholesalers. Removing these restrictions could eventually make it easier for these pharmacies to participate in the state’s Maintenance Drug Network.

The bill comes in response to the 2011 agreement reached between Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration and the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition. Under this money-saving agreement, long-term prescriptions for state employees must be filled through CVS pharmacies or Caremark mail orders.

Since enacted last October, many local pharmacies say their businesses have suffered.

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