ISMA member Pam Galloway, M.D., represented the ISMA during a press conference Feb. 9 at the Indiana Statehouse. Dr. Galloway spoke in support of SB 536 that would require only persons convicted of a drug crime to obtain a prescription for pseudoephedrine (PSE) for seven years.
|Dr. Galloway speaks in support of SB 536.
“With this bill, patients will still have access to care,” she said. “It appropriately targets criminals and not innocent patients.”
Dr. Galloway noted that an effort to require all patients to obtain prescriptions for PSE products would be cumbersome, especially for rural patients.
“Not only would requiring a prescription be a burden on patients, it would also drive up medical costs as health care providers would be forced to pass on the costs to employers and patients,” she explained.
SB 536 is pending in the Senate Corrections and Criminal Law Committee for additional information.
The bill is co-authored by Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Indianapolis, and Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis.