Some pharmacies are paying $10,000, $20,000, even $100,000 each year for their business licenses. Some Alabama municipalities calculate pharmacy business license fees based on gross receipts for prescription medication sales. Prescription sales shouldn't be included in the calculation because:
The Alabama Pharmacy Association is working to pass legislation addressing the business license fees that some cities in Alabama are charging pharmacies. The bill exempts prescription drugs from the calculation of gross receipts for the purposes of business license fee determination. This bill does not impact gross sales from non-pharmaceutical purchases or over-the-counter medications. All retail sales other than prescriptions are not affected by this legislation. You may have heard something different from your city government or the League of Municipalities; however, we're not being greedy as they claim. We just want to be treated fairly!
SB31 has passed the Alabama Senate and the next step is for the bill to be heard in the House Health Committee.
Pharmacies are creating jobs for their communities and provide a vital service to patients. Almost every pharmacy out there contributes to the community in which they are located. They donate to local schools, girl scouts, little league teams, etc. If you live in Alabama, please take a moment to sign our petition supporting a change to fair business license fee practices statewide.