New Jersey Revised Statutes § 30:4d-22 - Copayment; Restrictions; Definitions

30:4D-22. Copayment; restrictions; definitions
The program of "Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled" shall consist of payments to pharmacies for the reasonable cost of prescription drugs of eligible persons which exceed a $2.00 copayment. Said copayment shall be paid in full by each eligible person to the pharmacist at the time of each purchase of prescription drugs, and shall not be waived, discounted or rebated in whole or in part.

The commissioner may restrict the day supply of initial prescriptions to less than a 30 day supply in order to reduce waste and reduce inappropriate drug utilization. Subsequently, the commissioner may limit prescription drugs used in the treatment of acute care medical conditions to an amount not to exceed a 30 day supply. The commissioner may allow up to a 60 day supply or 100 unit doses, whichever is greater, of prescription drugs used in the treatment of chronic maintenance conditions.

Whenever any interchangeable drug product contained in the latest list approved and published by the Drug Utilization Review Council is available for the prescription written, an eligible person shall either:

(1) Purchase an interchangeable drug product which is equal to or less than the maximum allowable cost, at the $2.00 copayment; or

(2) Purchase the prescribed drug product which is higher in cost than the maximum allowable cost and pay the difference between the two, in addition to the $2.00 copayment, unless the prescriber specifically indicates that substitution is not permissible, in which case an eligible person may purchase the prescribed drug product at the $2.00 copayment.

For purposes of this act:

a. "Prescription drugs" means all legend drugs, including any interchangeable drug products contained in the latest list approved and published by the Drug Utilization Review Council in conformance with the provisions of the "Prescription Drug Price and Quality Stabilization Act" (P.L. 1977, c. 240; C. 24:6E-1 et seq.), diabetic testing materials, and insulin, insulin syringes and insulin needles;

b. "Reasonable cost" means the maximum allowable cost of prescription drugs and a dispensing fee, as determined by the commissioner. In the case of diabetic testing materials, the maximum allowable cost is the manufacturer's suggested retail selling price or the pharmacy's usual over-the-counter price charged to other persons in the community, whichever is less;

c. "Resident" means one legally domiciled within the State for a period of 30 days immediately preceding the date of application for inclusion in the program. Mere seasonal or temporary residence within the State, of whatever duration, does not constitute domicile. Absence from this State for a period of 12 months is prima facie evidence of abandonment of domicile. The burden of establishing legal domicile within the State is upon the applicant;

d. "Diabetic testing materials" means blood glucose reagent strips which can be visually read, urine monitoring strips, tapes and tablets and bloodletting devices and lancets, but shall not include electronically monitored devices.

L. 1975, c. 194, s. 3, eff. Aug. 21, 1975. Amended by L. 1977, c. 268, s. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1978; L. 1978, c. 171, s. 2; L. 1985, c. 55, s. 1; L. 1985, c. 291, s. 2.

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