Alaska bill to clarify pharmacy costs becomes law

Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska on Tuesday signed into law legislation that is meant to improve transparency among insurance companies, drug companies, pharmacies, and patients. Walker signed the bill at a small Juneau pharmacy, according to a statement from the bill's sponsor, state Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks).

Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska on Tuesday signed into law legislation that is meant to improve transparency among insurance companies, drug companies, pharmacies, and patients. Walker signed the bill at a small Juneau pharmacy, according to a statement from the bill's sponsor, state Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks). The legislation eliminates "gag orders" that have kept pharmacists from telling customers when paying with cash would be less expensive than using their health insurance. Now, pharmacists will not be kept from disclosing that information to patients. The new law also gives criteria for how Alaska pharmacies are audited and requires auditors to register with the state.