Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Senate Unanimously Approves Two Pharmacy Regulation Bills

Two bills sponsored by a local legislator to regulate compounding pharmacies have unanimously passed the Michigan Senate. 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. The bills have been read for the House of Representatives and referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform. If the bills are approved by the house, they will go to Governor Snyder for his signature. (TD)

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