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Lawmakers look to assist with access to meds during pandemic

Those who need prescriptions most, or at the very least may need to fill them up most-often are at the greatest risk amid pandemic.

Some state lawmakers are pushing to make it easier to get access to prescription meds during the pandemic with an extension of sorts.

Senator Brad Holyman and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas are backing legislation that would extend the 30-day limit for controlled substance prescriptions temporarily during the pandemic, according to NY State of Politics.

The bill is described as being one to primary help those who do not have the option of receiving their prescription drugs by mail.

“The CDC says these are the Americans who are at the highest risk for complications from coronavirus,” said Holyman. “So we need to make sure that New Yorkers who are susceptible to COVID-19 visit a pharamcy as infrequently as possible.”

The legislative duo called it ‘extraordinary’ circumstances, and noted that the bill would put power back in the hands of doctors during the pandemic.



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