Governor signs VanderWall bill authorizing remote pharmacies

LANSING, Mich. — “Remote pharmacies” will now be allowed to operate in Michigan under a new law sponsored by Sen. Curt VanderWall.

Senate Bill 340 will allow a pharmacist to oversee multiple pharmacies using telecommunication.

“Today, Michigan joined the ranks of more than 20 states that allow for remote pharmacies,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “This measure will give additional options to pharmacists to open pharmacies in rural areas and provide increased access to Michigan residents.”

Telecommunication allows pharmacists to review and monitor drugs, dispense medications, manage medication therapy and counsel patients.

The new law allows a “parent pharmacy” to oversee up to two other pharmacies remotely using telecommunication. Both the parent pharmacy and the remote pharmacy will need to be licensed.

As chairman of the Senate Health Policy Committee, one of VanderWall’s top priorities has been finding creative solutions to increase access to health care services, especially in underserved and rural areas.