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Senator Scott Oelslager (R–North Canton) today announced that the Ohio House of Representatives passed two initiatives designed to improve care for cancer patients in Ohio.
 
“As technology and medicine evolve, we need to update our policies to make sure Ohio patients are receiving the best possible care and treatment for their disease,” said Oelslager.  “Today, the House has taken a great step forward in the fight against this horrific disease.”
 
Senate Bill 230, which Oelslager jointly sponsored with Senator Gayle Manning (R–North Ridgeville), establishes 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. 
 
“Brown bagging” of chemotherapy drugs, is a process in which an insurance company uses a wholesale supplier to ship oncology drugs directly to a patient’s pharmacy or home.  The patient would then have to transport the medication from their home to their physician on their own.  The practice is dangerous because the components of these cancer drugs are volatile should only be handled by a healthcare professional.  It is a risk to the patient and the patient’s family and it also leads to an increased waste of expensive drugs. 
 
The Ohio House also gave approval to Senate Bill 99, which will enhance the treatment of cancer patients in Ohio by ensuring that they have affordable, safe and effective access to modern anti-cancer medications.
 
Senate Bill 99 would create equity in patients’ out of pocket costs for oral anti-cancer therapy by prohibiting insurers from providing less favorable coverage for orally administered cancer medications than what is offered for intravenously or injected medications.  This change attempts to safeguard patients’ access to medication deemed most appropriate by their physician.
 
Similar legislation has been enacted in 30 other states and the District of Columbia.
 
Senate Bill 99 will now be delivered to the Governor for his consideration and SB 230 will be sent back to the Ohio Senate for concurrence.

 
 
 
  
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