Reform of pharmaceutical licensing passes Senate, heads to Governor

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2014

Contact: Troy Tuggle

LANSING, Mich.—In the wake of the recent fungal meningitis outbreak due to tainted steroids, measures to reform pharmacy licensing methods when a public health risk is present passed the Michigan House and Senate Thursday and is expected to be signed by Gov. Snyder.

Senate Bills 704 and 904, 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.

“I am glad to see this legislation approved by the Legislature and sent to the Governor. Following the New England Compounding Center’s grave mistake by distributing tainted steroid shots, it is important we hold people accountable,” Hune said. “While this does not fix what has happened to so many Michigan families, it will certainly help prevent such incompetence from happening again.”

Hune said the governor’s swift signature, which he hopes to obtain soon, will greatly benefit public health for all Michiganders.