Friday, May 2, 2014

Hune-Sponsored Pharmacy Regulation Bills Pass Committee

The Michigan Senate Health Policy Committee unanimously approved two bills sponsored by a local lawmaker to increase regulations on compounding pharmacies this week. Senate Bills 704 and 904 were sponsored by Senator Joe Hune of Hamburg following an outbreak of fungal meningitis in 2012 that resulted from tainted steroids from a compounding center in Massachusetts. More recently, Specialty Medicine Compounding Pharmacy in South Lyon was shut down after it was discovered that it had distributed tainted injections and was allegedly acting as a drug manufacturer rather than a pharmacy. The bills sponsored by Hune call for compounding pharmacies to have more internal oversight and record-keeping, perform criminal background checks for pharmacy owners, and submit to regular inspections by the state. They will now go before the full Michigan Senate for consideration. (TD)

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