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Governor signs Aguiar-Curry bill to increase access to pharmacy care

Source: Lake County News

SACRAMENTO – On Thursday night Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 690, authored by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters).

Assembly Bill 690 will increase access to pharmacy care in vulnerable and rural areas of California, by authorizing the use of telepharmacy in medically underserved areas and streamlining the process for pharmacies to reopen after a natural disaster.

The bill contains an urgency clause, which means its provisions go into effect immediately.

“People living in pharmacy-deprived areas, whether rural or urban, face many barriers to obtaining comprehensive medical care,” said Aguiar-Curry. “Telepharmacy is a proven model to provide enhanced care that is both safe and effective.”

In 2017, Aguiar-Curry authored AB 401, which legalized the use of telepharmacy technology in California for the first time.

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