Provides for the creation of a drug guide for seniors regarding the drugs commonly used by people over 62 years of age; provides that such guide will include functions and drug interactions.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to creating and distributing a drug guide for senior consumers
PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to provide seniors with the information necessary to make informed decisions about their prescription drugs.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: The bill amends the elder law adding a new section 224, to require that the director of SOFA publish a guide explaining the purpose, function, and common drug interactions of drugs commonly used by persons over the age of 62. The director is required work in conjunction with the state board of pharmacy, and to consult with the state consumer protection board. No action is required if there is no appropriation. The guide is top be made available to individuals upon request and without charge through local area agencies on aging (AAA's), except that requests for more than ten copies must be subject to a charge to cover the cost of reproduction and handling.
EXISTING LAW: None.
JUSTIFICATION: The creation of a prescription drug guide for seniors would make seniors aware of the specific effects of the drugs seniors commonly use, so they understand the effects the drugs will have on them. Often times, seniors are prescribed a lot of medication and/or self-medicate with over the counter medicines. Certain drug interactions can be life threatening. Seniors need to be made aware of the likely contraindications of certain commonly prescribed drugs and over the counter medications.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2179A of 2012 - Committed to Rule 06/21/12 S.2031 - 2009-10 - Referred to Aging, Died in Senate, Passed Assembly, A.1962) S.6854 - 2007-08 - Referredto Aging, Died in Senate, Referred to Aging
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill is subject to making an appropriation.
LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the September 1 after it shall have become law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2239 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 15, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Aging AN ACT to amend the elder law, in relation to creating and distributing a drug guide for senior consumers THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The elder law is amended by adding a new section 224 to read as follows: S 224. SENIOR DRUG GUIDE. THE DIRECTOR, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE STATE BOARD OF PHARMACY, AND AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, SHALL, WITHIN AMOUNTS MADE AVAILABLE BY APPROPRIATION THEREFOR, PREPARE AND PUBLISH A GUIDE EXPLAINING THE PURPOSE, FUNCTION, AND COMMON DRUG INTERACTIONS OF DRUGS COMMONLY USED BY PERSONS OVER THE AGE OF SIXTY-TWO. THE GUIDE SHALL ALSO INCLUDE THE EFFECTS OF COMBINING SUCH MEDICATIONS WITH ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION. THE DIRECTOR SHALL TAKE SUCH ACTIONS AS SHALL BE NECESSARY AND APPROPRIATE TO MAKE SUCH GUIDE AVAIL- ABLE TO INDIVIDUALS UPON REQUEST AND WITHOUT CHARGE THROUGH DESIGNATED AGENCIES, AS SUCH TERM IS DEFINED IN SECTION TWO HUNDRED FOURTEEN OF THIS TITLE, EXCEPT THAT REQUESTS FOR MORE THAN TEN COPIES SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A REASONABLE CHARGE TO COVER THE COST OF REPRODUCTION AND HANDLING. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01160-01-3