COLUMBUS– The Ohio Senate today passed Senate bill 230, jointly sponsored by Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville), and Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton), which would establish standards for the delivery of non-self-injectable cancer medications.

The drugs are fragile and complex and must be stored in the proper environment to work effectively.  The practice, commonly known as “brown bagging” leads to higher patient safety risk and an increased waste of expensive drugs. This extended trip creates unnecessary risk to patient safety and drug effectiveness. 

“The goal of this legislation is to ensure that patients and their families are kept safe from handling potentially toxic chemotherapy drugs in their homes,” Manning said.  “Through Senate Bill 230 we want to ensure the most effective treatments are available to cancer patients – patients who have incredible battles with which to cope.”

“Brown bagging” of chemotherapy drugs is a process by which an insurance company uses a wholesale supplier to ship oncology drugs to a patient’s pharmacy or home. The patient must then transport the medication to their physician for administration.

Senate Bill 230 therefore aims to protect patient safety, promote better health outcomes, and reduce unnecessary waste in the healthcare system by establishing standards for the delivery of these volatile cancer medications. 

“Senate Bill 230 will eliminate one more obstacle in patient access to safe and effective treatments in the fight against cancer,” Manning added.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center –Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, American Cancer Society, International Myeloma Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Columbus Affiliate, and the Ohio Pharmacists Association were proponents while developing this legislation.

Senate Bill 230 will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.


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