Workers' Compensation; pharmacist filling a prescription to dispense therapeutically equivalent. (SB1158)

Introduced By

Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Workers' Compensation; use of therapeutically equivalent drug products. Requires a pharmacist filling a prescription for medication for a workers' compensation claim to dispense a therapeutically equivalent drug product for a prescribed name-brand drug product. However, the pharmacist shall fill the prescription with the name-brand drug product prescribed if (i) a therapeutically equivalent drug product does not exist or costs more than the prescribed name-brand drug product or (ii) the prescriber specifies on the prescription "brand medically necessary" based on a medical reason why the claimant should not have the prescription filled with a therapeutically equivalent drug product. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 090050324
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
01/15/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1158)
02/02/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Read second time
02/05/2009Reading of amendments waived
02/05/2009Committee amendments agreed to
02/05/2009Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1158E
02/05/2009Printed as engrossed 090050324-E
02/06/2009Engrossed bill reprinted 090050324-E
02/06/2009Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1158E)
02/13/2009Placed on Calendar
02/13/2009Read first time
02/13/2009Referred to Committee on Commerce and Labor
02/17/2009Reported from Commerce and Labor (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2009Read second time
02/20/2009Passed by for the day
02/23/2009Passed by for the day
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/24/2009VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1158ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
03/03/2009Impact statement from DPB (SB1158ER)
03/04/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 559 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0559)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 25 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1674.