Automated prescription device legislation approved by Senate


first_img LANSING – Legislation written by state Rep. Daniela García, which continues a hospital’s ability to maintain an automated prescription device within its facility or an affiliated location, was approved by the state Senate Wednesday and is headed to the governor’s desk.House Bill 5877 is in response to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regulations that stipulated automated devices could be operated within a hospital only if it had a licensed pharmacy at the same address. The DEA also specified that if a device was located at an affiliated facility of the hospital, it would have to be under the control of a licensed pharmacist.“Hospitals will be able to continue to offer the same level of pharmacy services to patients with this legislation,” said Rep. García, R-Holland. “Patients would have been negatively impacted by the federal regulation, so we acted quickly so that continuity of care for patients would not be interrupted.”Automated devices, commonly referred to as Pyxis machines, are a secure measure to ensure the correct medication and dosage is prescribed for a patient, via a licensed health professional. Hospitals and health care facilities have been using the prescription devices, with security measures such as fingerprint recognition, to assist in correct distribution of medications for almost 30 years.“Without this legislation, the DEA regulation would have affected 47 health care facilities across the state in 2017,” said Rep. García. “There’s no estimate to how many patients could have been affected, especially with health systems relying on affiliated facilities to provide care and services across a larger area.”###About Rep. García:State Rep. Daniela García is a first-term lawmaker representing the 90th House District. The 90th District represents southern Ottawa County, including the cities of Zeeland and Holland. Rep. García can be reached toll-free at (517)373-0830, via email at [email protected] or on her website. For additional updates follow House Republicans on Facebook and Twitter. 15Dec Automated prescription device legislation approved by Senate Categories: Garcia News,Newslast_img

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