Hune bills addressing recent fungal-meningitis-tainted steroids signed by governor

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle

LANSING, Mich.—Measures to reform pharmacy licensing methods when a public health risk was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Public Acts 279 and 280 of 2014, sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune, give the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) the ability to immediately suspend a pharmacy license when there is an imminent risk to public health, safety or welfare.

“After the tainted fungal meningitis steroid shots that were distributed by the New England Compounding Center affected so many families in our state, this legislation was created to hold people accountable for such incompetence,” said Hune, R-Hamburg. “I’m happy Governor Snyder signed this important piece of legislation and brought relief to many.”

The new laws require that all pharmacies have a “pharmacist-in-charge” who is licensed and responsible for ensuring the pharmacy follows state laws and regulations. They also require pharmacists to keep better records of compound sterile pharmaceuticals in the same manner and for the same retention period as prescribed for other prescription records.