Prescription Drugs Database Features, Topics and Keywords
2018 history There were 1,140 session-filed bills and resolutions. At least 160 new laws have been signed in at least 44 states and D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Note on PBMs: NCSL began public tracking of Pharmacy Benefit Management (PBM) legislation as a coded topic starting in the fall of 2017. As such, measures filed prior to this date may not display in the database. Try typing "PBM" into the Topic box for 2015-2017 archive legislaton.
Full Text: The full text of bills is now available to members and all users by clicking on the bill number. All visitors to this site may access all features at no charge and without use of a password. Bill status: We highly recommend you select the option "Click for History" on legislation of interest to view all bill actions.
The explanations of topics provided below are brief highlights of filed legislation contained in the database and are not intended to include all features or provisions. Users also can search text for examples and specific key words.
"Drug" Terminology. In common usage, the terms "pharmaceuticals," "prescription drugs," "medication," "medicines" and "Rx" are sometimes used interchangeably. This extends to state bill summaries and legislative text. In some cases "Rx" is used as a standard abbreviation for prescription drugs.
Snapshot of Results so far:
2017 history. There were just over 1,025 session-filed bills and resolutions. More than 170 laws have been signed in at least 43 states and D.C. [View 2017 map below].
The research for this database for 2017-2018 was made possible in part through the generous support of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. The web infrastructure and and all editorial content are the responsibility of NCSL. The original design and launch in 2015 were made possible by a separate grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts. For more information, members can contact the Health Program's NCSL Pharmaceutical Resource Center via the 2018 Member Help Desk.