TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Fred H. Madden and Senate President Steve Sweeney to provide for proper treatment of glaucoma, a disease that can lead to blindness if left untreated, by requiring that health insurers allow patients to receive early refills for medicated eye drops, was signed into law today.
The law (S-2166) aims to protect glaucoma patients against interruptions in treatment, which could potentially result in faster progression of the disease. The measure requires that in certain circumstances, health insurers that provide coverage for prescription eye drops allow early refills as long as the requested refill does not exceed the number of additional quantities indicated on the original prescription.
“Individuals suffering from glaucoma can have difficulty administering eye drops, which leads to unintentional waste and may cause patients to run out of medication before their prescription can be renewed,” said Madden (D-Camden/Gloucester). “By allowing patients to obtain early refills, this legislation will reduce the risk of interrupting treatment and ensure that patient health can no longer be jeopardized by insurance restrictions.”