Committee Embraces Prescription Drug Plan for Poor

OCTOBER 4, 2004 - Posted at 4:12 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A proposal to offer unused prescription drugs from nursing homes to uninsured Arkansans through free clinics is being readied for next year's General Assembly.

A legislative committee today endorsed the draft bill by Representative Jodie Mahoney of El Dorado and Barbara Horn of Foreman.  The measure would authorize the state Pharmacy Board to develop rules for the system in conjunction with the state Department of Human Services and state Health Department.

Senator Percy Malone of Arkadelphia says he's for such a system if it can provide medicine for poor Arkansans that is as safe as that available for he and others who can afford to pay for it.  The draft measure now goes to the legislative Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee for further development.

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