Kentuckians displaced by recent storms who receive Medicaid benefits can receive up to a 30 day supply of their medicines with co-pays waived. Governor Beshear issued the first-ever executive order of this kind, which also allows residents of counties that were declared in a state of emergency to receive emergency refills. The order does not allow for emergency refills of controlled substances.
Business owners in western Kentucky are expressing concern after a series of burglaries and robberies at pharmacies in the region. Eddie Nickell, who owns Lyon Drugs in Eddyville, says burglars broke into the pharmacy in October and again in January. Several pharmacies in the area have reported thefts or attempted thefts over the last few months. Law enforcement authorities say the region is not alone; drug stores across the nation are reporting more thefts. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne says pain medicine and stimulants are the most common medications taken. K