March 13, 2014
Free clinics could be in jeopardy of losing millions of dollars a year in donated prescription drugs if a bill providing state oversight of the clinics doesn't pass.
Drug industry lobbyist Phil Reale said at a public hearing Thursday in the House of Delegates that manufacturers who donate roughly $50 million worth of drugs every year in West Virginia are worried about being exposed to lawsuits if the clinics aren't more tightly regulated.
The Senate passed a bill this week that would bring the ten free clinics under the regulatory supervision of the state Board of Pharmacy. One of the requirements of the board is to have a pharmacist in charge at each clinic.
The clinics worry the additional oversight would be expensive and could affect patient care.