Governor Beshear Signs Order Freeing Medications After Storms

Mar 3, 2012

FRANKFORT, Ky.   Governor  Steve Beshear has signed an executive order allowing Kentuckians displaced by recent storms to get up to a 30-day supply of needed medicines from a pharmacist.

It marks the first time this particular executive order has been issued.

The order signed Saturday allows pharmacists to dispense prescriptions from facilities outside their regular pharmacies, but does not allow for emergency refills of controlled substances.

The Kentucky Pharmacists Association will notify the state's pharmacists of the new order.

Beshear declared a statewide emergency on Friday allowing communities access state resources and assistance. Multiple tornadoes and severe storms caused heavy damage across on Friday.

Beshear also signed a consumer protection executive order at the request of Attorney General Jack Conway to implement Kentucky's price-gouging laws.