The Pa. General Assembly has adopted a new state law to address challenges some patients face in staying on track with their medications.

Act 46 of 2019, a result of House Bill 195 sponsored by Rep. Eric Nelson (57th District), will allow consumers to synchronize the refilling of their prescriptions, meaning they can pick up all of their medications on one day rather than having to make multiple trips to the pharmacy. This might specifically benefit senior citizens, busy families, and others who have limited transportation options. 

According to a House memo, “A study by Harvard Medical School found that when medications were not synchronized, patients had adherence rates that were 8.4% lower than patients for which medications were synchronized.” When a patient fails to adhere to medication instructions, poor healthcare outcomes are the result.

The law will enable consumers to synchronize their prescription refills and bar insurance companies from denying coverage for a partial fill of a script in order to facilitate medication synchronization. Thirty-five other states have enacted or introduced similar legislation. 

The law takes effect next summer.