Senator’s bill heads to governor’s desk

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Senate Bill 1254 by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) to require a pharmacist at a hospital to obtain an accurate medication profile for each high-risk patient admitted to that hospital passed the Senate and now goes to Governor Brown’s desk for his signature.

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.

On August 23rd the State Assembly passed SB 1254 by a 75-0 vote and returned it to the State Senate where it received unanimous support.

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

Senator 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. For more information, visit senate.ca.gov/stone.

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