MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia pharmacists can now refill lifesaving prescriptions without a doctor’s immediate approval.
House Bill 2524, commonly known as Kevin’s Law, passed in March.
The new law allows pharmacists, in emergency situations, to extend an expired prescription in case a doctor cannot be reached.
A group called West Virginia Insulin For All, doctors and local politicians applauded the new law Wednesday by remembering what happened to a boy who was unable to get his insulin.
“A boy named Kevin Houdshell, who passed away because he was unable to get his insulin over the new year,” said West Virginia #Insulin4all chapter leader Adrian Olmstead. “His insulin prescription had expired. They couldn’t get ahold of his doctor to get his prescription refilled, and three days later, after rationing his insulin, he passed away. So, this bill is honor of Kevin.”
West Virginia is the 13th state to adopt Kevin’s Law. It will go into effect on June 6.