Senator Dave Robertson
   
 

Senate bills protect patients

Many patients and their doctors depend upon prescription drugs as an important part of health care.

I supported Senate legislation to better protect patients by instituting reforms to regulate pharmacists and pharmacies that compound drugs. Senate Bills 704 and 904 allow for the immediate suspension of a pharmacy license when there is an imminent risk to public health and safety. Other provisions include:
  • Requiring a "pharmacist-in-charge" who is licensed in this state to be responsible for making sure all state laws and regulations are followed;
  • Requiring better records of compound sterile pharmaceuticals; and
  • Tougher penalties for violators.
The bills are in response to an outbreak in 2012 when 1900 Michigan residents were infected with a contaminated steroid product that was made by a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts. As a result, 264 people were diagnosed with fungal meningitis, including 19 deaths.

Special veterans designation now available

May is Military Appreciation Month and I want to make sure all general and honorably discharged veterans know that they can now request a veteran designation on their driver's license or state ID card.

Veterans must bring their DD 214 or comparable paperwork to a Secretary of State branch office. The addition of the designation will not increase the normal cost at renewal. However, a $9 correction fee will be charged if the license is not yet up for renewal.

The designation will help veterans more easily access the special discounts or reduced rates offered by many businesses as a way to say: Thank you for your service!

Measures promote infant health

Earlier this month, Gov. Snyder signed legislation requiring hospitals and health professionals to provide parents with information on infant safe sleep practices. According to the Michigan Department of Human Services, about 150 preventable deaths occur each year from unsafe sleep environments for infants.

The agency recommends that babies are the safest when sleeping on their back, in their own crib, on a firm mattress with a tight fitted sheet, and with nothing else in the crib, such as blankets and toys.

The Senate also recently adopted a resolution proclaiming May 5-9, 2014 as InfantSEE Week in Michigan. The measure aims to promote awareness of children's vision care and a public health program that provides a one-time, no-cost eye assessment for infants six to twelve months old offered by optometrists of the American Optometric Association.

At your service

As always, I am here to serve you. Should you ever have any questions or need assistance in a state matter, please feel free to contact my office at (866) 305-2126 or by visiting my website www.SenatorDaveRobertson.com. I'll gladly help.

Sincerely,


Dave Robertson
State Senator



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Senator Dave Robertson
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll Free: (866) 305-2131 or (517) 373-1777

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