New NY Prescription Law: Can't Force Mail Order

New bills signed into law by Cuomo require fertility drugs to cost the same, whether purchased at store or by mail order

Tuesday, Dec 13, 2011  |  Updated 6:06 PM EDT
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New NY Prescription Law: Can't Force Mail Order

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is prohibiting the practice by some health insurers of requiring prescriptions to be purchased by mail, in what is a win for local drug stores.

The law approved by the Legislature earlier this year was signed Tuesday by Cuomo. It would require prescriptions filled by the local pharmacy to cost no more than the mail order prescriptions some health insurers prefer.

Cuomo also signed into law a measure that requires fertility drugs to cost the same whether purchased at a local pharmacy or by mail order.

Strong lobbies for pharmacies have sought the change after insurers started encouraging or requiring policy holders to use mail-order pharmaceutical companies.

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