In April 2018, The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives voted to approve the Drug Formulary Bill, known as Senate Bill 936. The Bill would significantly impact the manner in which medication is dispensed under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Senate Bill 936 provided for a prescription drug formulary program of medications, with a list of medications being developed that would be determined to be reasonable and necessary. The Bill was designed to reduce the costs of dispensing medication and help curve the opioid problem in Pennsylvania.
The Pennsylvania State House of Representatives voted 101-92 to adopt the Drug Formulary Program. It was strongly supported by the Commonwealth’s largest business groups. Opponents of the Bill argued that it was too vague and that injured workers were in a special category and should not be subjected to the restrictiveness of a formulary program. This was despite studies from other states where drug formularies had been extremely successful.
Unfortunately, Governor Wolf vetoed the Bill despite its strong support from business groups within the Commonwealth.
A special thanks is also extended to Representative Christopher Quinn who took the time to meet with Mike McCadden and Ted Carpenter and other to the House members for their support of this important legislation.