1753.21 Prescription drugs.

(A) If a policy, contract, or agreement of a health insuring corporation uses a restricted formulary of prescription drugs, the health insuring corporation shall do both of the following:

(1) Develop such a formulary in consultation with and with the approval of a pharmacy and therapeutics committee, a majority of the members of which are physicians affiliated with the health insuring corporation who may prescribe prescription drugs and pharmacists affiliated with the health insuring corporation; or in consultation with and with the approval of a pharmacy and therapeutics committee that is independent of the health insuring corporation consisting of physicians who may prescribe prescription drugs in their state of licensure and pharmacists who are authorized to practice in their state of licensure;

(2) Establish a procedure by which an enrollee may obtain, without penalty or additional cost sharing beyond that provided for formulary drugs under the enrollee's contract with the health insuring corporation, coverage of a specific nonformulary drug when the prescriber documents in the enrollee's medical record and certifies that the formulary alternative has been ineffective in the treatment of the enrollee's disease or condition, or that the formulary alternative causes or is reasonably expected by the prescriber to cause a harmful or adverse reaction in the enrollee.

(B) Nothing in this section shall be construed to require a health insuring corporation to place any particular pharmaceutical product or therapeutic class of product on any formulary, or to prohibit a health insuring corporation from restricting payments for any specific pharmaceutical product or therapeutic class of product, including, but not limited to, a requirement that the product be prescribed only by a defined specialist or subspecialist.

Cite as R.C. § 1753.21

History. Effective Date: 10-01-1998