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Governor Snyder signs bills to update pharmacy laws, regulations

Michigan pharmacies will be held to higher standards thanks to new legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder. Two pieces of legislation signed by Governor Snyder yesterday will update pharmacy safety standards and strengthen oversight. The bills are a direct result of the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections from the New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts. More than 260 Michigan patients were affected by the outbreak, including 22 deaths. The new legislation will work to prevent a similar situation from happening in Michigan by ensuring pharmacies are operating under their scope of service. The bill also requires that each pharmacy has a licensed “pharmacist-in-charge” who is responsible for making sure the facility follows state laws and regulations.

By: Claire Fodell