Legislation aimed at improving patient care passes unanimously through house

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky State House unanimously passed House Bill 64, which would make it easier for patients to access life-saving medication in emergency situations.

The bill, otherwise known as “Kevin’s Law,” would permit pharmacists to dispense medication – such as insulin and inhalers – to patients who need it and in the amount that they need. Current law mandates that emergency medication only be given to patients to cover a 72-hour period. However, this bill would ensure that drugs like insulin are given to cover a 30-day period. This change is important because these lifesaving medications do not come in 72 hour doses, resulting in patients not receiving the care they need.

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The bill will move to the Senate for consideration.