Section: Medical service corporation, benefits for "off-label" drugs required
3. a. Except as provided in P.L.1992, c.161 (C.17B:27A-2 et al.) and P.L.1992, c.162 (C.17B:27A-17 et seq.), no group or individual medical service corporation contract which provides benefits for expenses incurred in prescribing drugs approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration shall be delivered, issued, executed or renewed in this State, or approved for issuance or renewal in this State on or after the effective date of this act, unless the contract provides benefits to any subscriber or other person covered thereunder for expenses incurred in prescribing a drug for a treatment for which it has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration if the drug is recognized as being medically appropriate for the specific treatment for which it has been prescribed in one of the following established reference compendia:
(1) the American Medical Association Drug Evaluations;
(2) the American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information;
(3) the United States Pharmacopoeia Drug Information;
or, it is recommended by a clinical study or review article in a major peer-reviewed professional journal.
b. Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, coverage shall not be required for any experimental or investigational drug or any drug which the Food and Drug Administration has determined to be contraindicated for the specific treatment for which the drug has been prescribed. The benefits provided pursuant to this section shall be provided to the same extent as other benefits under the contract for drugs prescribed for a treatment approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
c. This section shall apply to all medical service corporation contracts in which the medical service corporation has reserved the right to change the premium.
d. Any coverage of a drug required by this section shall also include medically necessary services associated with the administration of the drug.
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