Senator’s bill passes key committee vote

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Senator Jeff Stone’s (R-Riverside County) bill to require a pharmacist at a hospital to obtain an accurate medication profile for each high-risk patient admitted to that hospital received unanimous support from the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee.

Working closely with the committee and the California Hospital Association, Senator Stone accepted amendments to SB 1254 to narrow the bill to apply only to hospitals with more than 100 beds, only during the hospital’s operating hours and only upon admission of a high-risk patient.

“This bill will enhance patient safety and reduce physician and hospital liability,” said Senator Stone. “I honestly believe this bill will save lives.”

Senate Bill 1254 now moves on for consideration in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Jeff Stone represents California’s 28th Senate District. The district, which is entirely in Riverside County, stretches from the vineyards of the Temecula Valley to the Colorado River and includes the cities of Blythe, Canyon Lake, Cathedral City, Coachella, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, Lake Elsinore, La Quinta, Murrieta, Temecula, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage and Wildomar.

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