Sen. Hansen’s pharmacy bill sent to governor

LANSING—The state Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Sen. Goeff Hansen that would give Michigan pharmacies the ability to explore innovative solutions that could change the way some medical prescriptions are delivered.

Senate Bill 373 would enable pharmacies to conduct pilot projects that could utilize new or expanded technologies or processes to provide patients with better pharmacy products in a more efficient manner.

“Like other industries in Michigan that are evolving and adapting in a 21st century global economy, so too is the pharmaceutical industry,” said Hansen, R-Hart. “Under my bill, pharmacies would be able to try new ideas while maintaining and even enhancing patient access to pharmacy services.”

Hansen said that because parts of his district are very rural, it has become increasingly difficult for local pharmacies to remain operational given their economic challenges.  

“Because of that, I was approached by pharmacists in the district with concerns of how they will be able to continue to provide access to health care and quality pharmaceutical products and services that their customers depend on,” he said. “This bill does that.”

SB 373 allows pharmacies to explore their ideas and technologies on a smaller scale under controlled conditions and while being monitored by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

Hansen emphasized that his bill will not affect the doctor-patient relationship.

“A patient’s relationship with his or her doctor remains vital to ensure patient safety and effective health care,” Hansen said.

SB 373 has been sent to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign it into law.

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