My name is Wayne Sasser. I grew up on a cattle farm in rural Stanly County. I graduated from Pharmacy School at UNC Chapel Hill in 1973. I have been a pharmacist for 45 years, owning independent pharmacies for the last 35 years.
About 7 years ago I started working with various organizations fighting the opioid crisis. My work with Senator Tom McInnis led to the passage of the “Stop Act”. The “Stop Act” reduces the amount of opioids that are written by prescribers.
As a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, I am a Chairman of the Health Committee, as the only pharmacist in the 180 member legislature. I have worked to get Step Therapy and the Pharmacy Benefit Management bills passed. Presently, I am working to pass Prior Authorization and Pharmacist Collaborative Practice bills. These bills will help our patients get the medications they deserve and have access to health care providers to manage chronic diseases states.