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Senator Steve Conway is 2016's Friend of Pharmacy Award Winner!

Thursday, September 15, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Janet Anderson
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Senator Conway has been a staunch advocate for the pharmacy profession for many years. He is our faithful  ”go to guy” in the legislature.  Senator Conway introduced the first pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) bill aimed at regulating the “middle man” whose business practices are harming the pharmacy profession and patients in Washington State. The Senator soon realized this wasn’t going to be easy. The PBM lobby was aggressive and recruited partners in the insurance and business lobby to assist in the battle. Senator Conway did not waiver. He held strong to his belief that PBM’s must be held accountable for their actions. It took a few years but Senator Conway never gave up. Each year the issue was introduced he was the first legislator to step up and help pharmacy. Finally, after many attempts, the Senator was able to partner with other legislators who, over the years, became interested in the issue.  In 2016, he assisted in the successful passage of 5ESSB 5857, registration and regulation of PBM’s in WA State. The first step in regulating PBM’s in WA State.

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