HB93 would create a costly new prescription drug mandate that pads the pockets of drug manufacturers, adds millions of dollars of unnecessary expenses to the healthcare system, and puts politicians between doctors and their patients.
HB93 would create a costly, new prescription drug mandate that inflates the profits of Big Pharma and undermines the doctor-patient relationship. Specifically, House Bill 93, would mandate that naloxone be co-prescribed with opioids whenever certain conditions exist. It’s costly. It’s unnecessary. And it sets a dangerous precedent. The cost of this mandate could total nearly $3 million a year. That’s $3 million that goes straight to Big Pharma’s bottom-line. Moreover, North Carolina already has laws in place that make this mandate unnecessary and redundant. In 2016, a state law was passed that allows pharmacists to provide naloxone without a prescription from your doctor. Finally, we should not be setting a precedent where lawmakers get to tell doctors what they must and must not prescribe their patients. That is a job for medical professionals, not state legislators. House Bill 93 is, at best, redundant.At worst it is another costly mandate that boosts Big Pharma’s profits and puts politicians between patients and their doctors.