Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed an executive order Saturday that allows Kentuckians displaced by Friday's storms to get up to a 30-day supply of needed medicines from a pharmacist. It's the first time such an order has been issued.
The governor's office says, in a press release, the concern is people who depend on regular supplies of maintenance medicines who may have lost track of their medications in the aftermath of the storms. The order allows for a temporary restoration of those drugs, and allows pharmacists to dispense those prescriptions from facilities outside their regular pharmacies. This order will not allow for emergency refills of controlled substances.
“Many Kentuckians depend on regular maintenance medications, like blood pressure pills, and skipping a few days could cause unnecessary hardship or possible poor health outcomes for some citizens,” said Gov. Beshear. “This order will allow people to contact a pharmacist to restore their regular medications.”
Gov. Beshear declared a statewide emergency on Friday afternoon in order to allow local communities to access state resources and assistance without delay. Multiple tornadoes and severe storms caused heavy damage across the state on Friday.
On Saturday, Gov. Steve Beshear also signed a consumer protection executive order at the request of Attorney General Jack Conway to implement Kentucky’s price-gouging laws.