Missouri prescription refill bill sent to governor

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | 3:15 p.m. CDT; updated 4:14 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 30, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — A bill that would allow emergency refills for certain prescriptions has been passed by the legislature and sent to the governor.

The measure would let people with eye drops get a refill before their previous prescription expires.

The bill would also allow pharmacies to dispense a small emergency dose of other prescriptions if a person's doctor is unavailable to authorize the refill. The medication cannot be a controlled substance and pharmacists must notify the patient's doctor when they provide an unauthorized refill.

The House voted 143-4 to pass the measure Monday. The Senate passed the same bill earlier this month.

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