Bizon bill would promote continued access to medications

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to create a new category of medical licensure to help smaller pharmacies secure needed medication, said bill sponsor Sen. John Bizon, M.D.

Senate Bill 630 would create the wholesale distributor-broker license to enable the purchase, trade or delivery of a drug or device between pharmacies.

“This new license would allow pharmacies to conduct business directly with each other to
fill a prescription for specific patients,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “This type of broker facilitation is particularly useful to support smaller pharmacies with supply chain constraints trying to secure needed medication in smaller lots for their customers.”

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs recently determined that, despite prior licensure, the statutory definition of pharmacy wholesaler does not include or encompass pharmacy-to-pharmacy transactions.

“Creating this new licensure for wholesale distributor-brokers will fill the recently identified gap and allow this practice to continue,” Bizon said. “Testimony at a recent Senate Health Policy Committee hearing indicated we currently are facing shortages of a number of prescription drugs. This measure will help conserve prescription drugs that may otherwise go bad.”

MatchRX CEO Johny Kello spoke of the importance of the bill.

“The creation of this new category of licensure in Michigan will foster continued access to needed medications during this pandemic and in the future,” Kello said. “We are grateful for Sen. Bizon’s leadership with the introduction of this timely legislation.”

SB 630 now heads to the Michigan House for further consideration.