State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, was joined by Tom Pirnstill of Lake, Gladwin Police Chief Duane Bean, and Sarah Kile of the Central Michigan District Health Department along with other members of law enforcement and citizen advocates at a recent ceremonial bill signing of Public Act 383 of 2012 by Gov. Rick Snyder.
“This law can help people have access to expensive medications that may have been destroyed previously,” Johnson said. “Because of safety and legal concerns, the law has been a long time coming but through Tom’s persistence and dedication, and the people he brought to together in support of the program, we got it done.” The new law requires the Michigan Board of Pharmacy to establish, implement, and administer a voluntary statewide prescription drug repository and distribution program for unused or donated prescription drugs between licensed health facilities or manufacturers and participating pharmacies or charitable clinics.
The legislative proposal was presented to Johnson by Pirnstill, who began working with local and state officials about 10 years ago after his wife passed away and by law he had to throw out her unused cancer treatment medication instead of giving it to someone else in need.