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Posted: 2012-04-20 00:00:00
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Rep. Kathy Lohmer’s Human Services Bill Signed into Law


Rep. Kathy Lohmer’s Human Services Bill Signed into Law
Automated drug distribution systems now authorized in Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Representative Kathy Lohmer’s (R-Lake Elmo) bi-partisan and unanimously supported human services legislation was signed into law last week. Chapter 166, Senate File 2173 authorizes automated drug distribution in health care facilities that do not have in-house pharmacies, such as nursing homes and correctional facilities.

“I am pleased to have worked with a bi-partisan coalition on legislation that not only improves resident care and increases one-on-one time between nurses and patients, but also saves taxpayer money,” Rep. Lohmer said. “The authorization of automated drug distribution also saves patients money and resources by preventing the wasteful, over-purchasing of medication that inevitably gets thrown away.”

Rep. Lohmer’s legislation also benefits areas in Greater Minnesota where there exists a shortage of licensed health professionals. “Minnesotans deserve quality health services wherever they are located throughout the state,” Rep. Lohmer said. “This legislation ensures they receive the medication they need without having to travel long and costly distances.”

Rep. Lohmer’s legislation was endorsed by the Long-Term Care Imperative and the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.

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Representative Kathy Lohmer can be reached at 651.296.4244, rep.kathy.lohmer@house.mn, or via U.S. Mail at 521 State Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55155.

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