senate Bill S2239

Provides for the creation of a drug guide for seniors regarding the drugs commonly used by people over 62 years of age

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  • Introduced
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    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
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  • 15 / Jan / 2013
    • REFERRED TO AGING
  • 04 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO AGING

Summary

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.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A363
Versions:
S2239
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Aging
Law Section:
Elder Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง224, Eld L
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Cycles:
2011-2012: S2179A, A2154A
2009-2010: S2031, A1962
2007-2008: A6278A

Votes

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Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S2239

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.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2239

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            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

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