California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a invoice Tuesday that makes medicine stopping HIV accessible to residents with out a prescription.
The invoice, S.B. 339, authorizes pharmacists to furnish preexposure prophylaxis, generally referred to as PrEP, a drug that helps forestall HIV an infection previous to publicity, in addition to postexposure prophylaxis, a drug used for sufferers uncovered to HIV, if specified circumstances are met.
The invoice was launched by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D) and can permit pharmacists to distribute the medicine with out a prescription. Wiener mentioned in a press release that whereas there have been “huge strides in HIV remedy,” the state nonetheless sees about 4,000 new infections every year, notably in communities of shade.
“HIV continues to take an enormous toll on public well being in California, and SB 339 unlocks a strong device to forestall new infections,” Wiener mentioned in a press release. “PrEP is sort of 100% efficient at stopping HIV transmission, however far too many Californians lack entry to it. Permitting individuals to acquire this highly effective anti-HIV device at their neighborhood pharmacy will significantly broaden entry and is a giant step towards a future free from new HIV instances.”
In line with the textual content of the invoice, the laws would require well being care providers and insurers to cowl the medicine, together with the pharmacist’s providers and associated testing ordered by a pharmacist, and require reimbursement for providers carried out by a pharmacist. The invoice imposes a state-mandated native program for well being care providers to comply with.
Below the California Structure, the state will probably be required to reimburse native companies and faculty districts for any prices.
The California State Board of Pharmacy has till Oct. 31, 2024, to undertake emergency rules to implement the invoice.
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