Reform of pharmaceutical licensing signed by Governor

For Immediate Release
July 2, 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 was signed by Gov. Snyder Wednesday.

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 signed by 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.”

Senate Bill 704 becomes Public Act 280 of 2014 while SB 904 becomes PA 279 of 2014.