New Jersey Senate Passes Bill Requiring Pharmacists To Tell Consumers If Generic Drugs Can Replace Brand-Name Prescriptions

May 28, 2009

The New Jersey Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation (A 2030) that would require pharmacists to inform consumers when they have substituted generic drugs for brand-name prescriptions, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. The General Assembly approved the legislation in February and it now moves to Gov. Jon Corzine (D).

If Corzine signs the bill, the law would take effect within 180 days, making New Jersey the first state in the U.S. to have such a requirement. State Sen. Christopher Bateman (R) said, “We’re hoping that other states will follow our lead” (Megerian, Newark Star-Ledger, 5/22).
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Some Utah Health Providers Raise Concern Over Law Requiring Verification Of Legal Status For Certain Government-Funded Services

April 22, 2009

Some health care providers in Utah have raised concerns about the effects of a new law (SB 81), set to take effect July 1, requiring agencies to verify patients’ legal status before providing certain government-funded health services, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The new law excludes emergency care, vaccines, and testing and treatment of communicable diseases. Patients who lie about their status in order to receive care could face criminal penalties.
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Some Utah Health Providers Raise Concern Over Law Requiring Verification Of Legal Status For Certain Government-Funded Services

April 22, 2009

Some health care providers in Utah have raised concerns about the effects of a new law (SB 81), set to take effect July 1, requiring agencies to verify patients’ legal status before providing certain government-funded health services, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. The new law excludes emergency care, vaccines, and testing and treatment of communicable diseases. Patients who lie about their status in order to receive care could face criminal penalties.
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Okla. Senate Approves Bill Requiring Reporting Of Detailed Data On Women Seeking Abortions

April 21, 2009

The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday passed the Statistical Reporting on Abortion Act (H.B. 1595) that would require doctors performing abortions to provide the Oklahoma State Department of Health with detailed information about women seeking the procedure, including their age, race, marital status, number of previous pregnancies and reasons for seeking an abortion, the AP/Oklahoman reports. The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Todd Lamb (R), passed by a vote of 34-10, with with all “no” votes cast by Democrats. It would require abortion providers to gather information from “37 sections of questions,” which the health department would use to produce an annual report. The bill also would prohibit abortions based on the sex of the fetus.
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Medical Council Of Thailand Plans To Amend Rule Requiring Teens To Provide Parental Consent Before Receiving HIV Test

January 17, 2009

Delegates at the Medical Council of Thailand hearing last week unanimously agreed to amend a regulation that requires parental permission for people younger than age 18 to be tested for HIV, the Bangkok Postreports (Apiradee, Bangkok Post, 12/18). Efforts to revise the rule were prompted by an increased number of HIV cases among young people, Samphan Komrit, deputy secretary general of the council, said.

Under current regulations, parental consent is required for medical care, including HIV testing, that is provided at public hospitals for people younger than age 18 (Pongphon, Nation, 12/17). Parental consent is not required for HIV tests administered to teenagers at private clinics; however, the Post reports that there is an insufficient number of such clinics (Bangkok Post, 12/18). In addition, many teens are reluctant to ask their parents’ permission to be tested for the virus, according to Kittipan Kanjina, director of the Thai Youth Network on HIV/AIDS.
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