OLR Bill Analysis

SB 55

AN ACT EXPANDING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL AND THERAPEUTICS COMMITTEE.

SUMMARY:

This bill adds a child psychiatrist to the membership of the Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics (P & T) Committee, increasing the committee's membership to fifteen. The committee, established pursuant to federal law, oversees the development and maintenance of the Department of Social Services' preferred drug list for Medicaid.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

P & T Committee Membership

By law, the governor appoints the P & T committee members, who serve two-year terms. The committee currently includes one psychiatrist, as well as four other doctors (a general practitioner, pediatrician, geriatrician, and specialist in family planning); four pharmacists; two visiting nurses (one specializing in adult care and one in psychiatric care); a clinician designated by the Mental Health and Addiction Services commissioner; a pharmaceutical manufacturers representative; and a consumer representative.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Health Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

25

Nay

0

(03/09/2012)