Remote Pharmacy Legislation
In an attempt to improve access to pharmacy services in rural areas, the Michigan legislature recently enacted Public Act 4 of 2020 (“PA 4”), permitting licensure of “remote pharmacies” in Michigan. Effective April 26, 2020, a “parent pharmacy” licensed and located in Michigan may obtain a license for a “remote pharmacy,” provided there is no licensed pharmacy within a 10 mile radius of the remote pharmacy location. The 10-mile rule does not apply if the remote pharmacy is located at a licensed hospital or mental health facility. The Board of Pharmacy may waive the mileage requirement upon application if the parent pharmacy demonstrates that the proposed remote pharmacy location is in an area where access to pharmacy services is limited, and there are compelling circumstances that justify the waiver. The parent pharmacy and the remote pharmacy must both be located in Michigan, and be under common ownership.
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