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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs pet prescription bill into law

State Sen. Pam Althoff of McHenry sponsored legislation

Pet owners can now choose their own pharmacy for pet medications after legislation sponsored by Sen. Pam Althoff recently was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Before SB 1827, a veterinarian could refuse to issue a script to a pet owner and require prescriptions be filled through the veterinary clinic, according to a release from the office of Althoff, R-McHenry. The new law requires vets to provide a prescription script to use at a pharmacy of the pet owner's choice.

"Illinois is the 36th state to pass legislation that gives pet owners the opportunity to choose where to purchase prescription drugs for their sick pets," Althoff said in the release. "Adopting this standard is important to me because it gives pet owners, like myself, more purchasing power and flexibility."

Signed into law by Rauner July 31, the bill was an initiative of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and passed the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives unanimously, the release said.

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