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A00633 Summary:

BILL NOA00633
 
SAME ASSAME AS S03585
 
SPONSORDinowitz
 
COSPNSRMiller MG, Colton, Otis, Seawright, Simon, Williams, Ortiz, Harris, Simanowitz
 
MLTSPNSRBraunstein, Englebright, Hikind, Hooper, Lopez, Perry, Sepulveda
 
Add 224, Eld L
 
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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A00633 Actions:

BILL NOA00633
 
01/09/2017referred to aging
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A00633 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A633
 
SPONSOR: Dinowitz (MS)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the elder law, in relation to creating and distributing a drug guide for senior consumers   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Provides for the creation of a prescription drug guide for seniors regarding the drugs commonly used by people over 62 years of age.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: This 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 to work in conjunction with the state board of pharmacy, and to consult with the Department of Health. This guide must include the effects of combining medications with alco- hol, and must have a warning stating:" do not begin taking, stop taking, or alter your dosage of any medications without consulting your doctor or other healthcare practitioner", written in 14 point font. The guide is to 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. This guide will also be available in the six most common languages other than English.   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 contraindica- tions of certain commonly prescribed drugs and over the counter medica- tions.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2015-16: A.422A - Passed Assembly/S.7739 - Referred to Aging 2013-14- A.363 - Passed Assembly/S.2239 - Referred to Aging 2011-12- A.2154-A- Passed Assembly/S.2179-A- Advanced to Third Reading 2009-10: A.1962- Passed Assembly/S.2031- Reported to Finance 2007-08: A.6278-A- Passed Assembly/S.S6854- Referred to Aging   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: This bill is subject to making an appropriation   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of September next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.
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A00633 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                           633
 
                               2017-2018 Regular Sessions
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                     January 9, 2017
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. DINOWITZ, M. G. MILLER, COLTON, OTIS, SEAWRIGHT
          -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. HOOPER, LOPEZ, PERRY,  SEPULVEDA  --
          read once and referred 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:
 
     1    Section  1.  The  elder  law is amended by adding a new section 224 to
     2  read as follows:
     3    § 224. Senior drug guide. The director, in conjunction with the  state
     4  board of pharmacy, and after consultation with the department of health,
     5  shall,  within amounts made available by appropriation therefor, prepare
     6  and publish a guide explaining the purpose, function,  and  common  drug
     7  interactions  of  drugs  commonly used by persons over the age of sixty-
     8  two. The guide shall also include the effects of combining such  medica-
     9  tions  with  alcohol consumption.  Prominently written in at least four-
    10  teen point type on the first page of the guide shall  be  the  following
    11  caution:  "Do not begin taking, stop taking, or alter your dosage of any
    12  medications without consulting your doctor or other  healthcare  practi-
    13  tioner."  The director shall take such actions as shall be necessary and
    14  appropriate  to  make  such guide available on their website and without
    15  charge through designated agencies, as such term is defined  in  section
    16  two hundred fourteen of this title, and in the six most common languages
    17  other  than  English. Requests for more than ten copies shall be subject
    18  to a reasonable charge to cover the cost of reproduction  and  handling.
    19  This guide shall be updated as needed to maintain accuracy and relevancy
    20  of the information contained therein.
    21    §  2.  This  act  shall  take  effect  on  the first of September next
    22  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.
                                                                   LBD00350-01-7
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