Lawmakers discuss bill to recycle prescriptions

The Michigan Senate plans a hearing on House-backed legislation that would allow collection and redistribution of prescription medication.

The Senate Heath Policy Committee has scheduled a hearing for Thursday near the Capitol to discuss the bipartisan measures that would allow medical facilities to donate unused drugs for distribution to needy patients. The bills also would require that drugs donated to pharmacies participating in the redistribution program have never left medical facilities or oversight to ensure safety.

The legislation also would require participating pharmacies to become disposal sites for excess drugs.

Most other states have enacted similar laws.

The House passed the legislation in June. The proposals are sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jim Ananich of Flint and Republican Rep. Joel Johnson of Clare.