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House Committee studies collection and payment of taxes on prescription drugs and pharmacist services

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
State Rep. Patrick Williams, D-Shreveport, hears testimony on the complex structure of the collection and payment of local sales and use taxes on prescription and pharmacist services.

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee met today to study the impact of pharmacy benefit management contracts on the collection and payment of local sales and use tax on prescription drugs and pharmacist services.

Rep. Patrick Williams, D-Shreveport, who authored HSR No. 6 of the 2012 Regular Session, said, "I saw there was a need for clarity in order to determine who is responsible for paying the local sales and use taxes on prescription drugs and pharmacist services. It has been very difficult for pharmacists who pay the local sales and use taxes, then wait to be reimbursed by health insurance providers who routinely dispute those reimbursements."