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California Governor Jerry Brown signed a formulary bill into law for the state’s workers’ compensation system. According to the the bill text as published on the California Legislature’s website, Assemblymember Henry T. Perea’s (D-Fresno) Assembly Bill (AB) 1124 requires “the administrative director to establish a drug formulary, on or before July 1, 2017, as part of the medical treatment utilization schedule.” As part of this process, the director is also required to meet with stakeholders in the system and publish two interim reports on the California Division of Workers’ Compensation website describing the status of the creation of the formulary, commencing July 1, 2016, until it is implemented. The formulary will be updated at least quarterly by the director, with the assistance of a statutorily mandated “independent pharmacy and therapeutics committee.” Perea’s office stated in a press release that the bill is expected to save the system up to $420 million.

Read further coverage via WorkCompWire here.

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