Wisconsin to pass pro-pharmacy budget

October 25, 2007

Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin backs state budget bill that would boost dispensing fee and hold pharmacists harmless if the average manufacturer price rule takes affect.

The Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate are expected to give final approval to a state budget with provisions to boost dispensing fees and to protect pharmacists from the average manufacturer price rule for Medicaid. Gov. Jim Doyle has promised to sign the bill, which was strongly endorsed by the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. The bill would roll back a 50-cent reduction in reimbursement that was instituted in 1995. PSW estimated that the change will generate an additional $2.3 million for Wisconsin pharmacists. In addition, the budget also contains a "hold harmless" provision, which promises to keep Medicaid reimbursement stable, even if the AMP rule reduces pharmacy reimbursement. A