Holly Mitchell's First Bill To Clear Assembly Would Set Standards For Pharmacies Delivering Blood Products

April 29, 2011

AB 389, which would set standards for delivery of blood clotting products and related equipment for home use by people with bleeding disorders, became the first bill introduced by freshman legislator Holly Mitchell to clear the Assembly.

People who rely on pharmacies to deliver blood products needed to prevent hemorrhages have been at the mercy of for-profits for the quality and condition of the products they receive, said Assemblywoman Holly Mitchell. I'm delighted that once my Assembly colleagues learned that spoilage and contamination are preventable by setting minimal handling standards, they sent my bill on to the Senate for swift action.  

The lack of handling standards has resulted in some patients with hemophilia and other diseases enduring difficulties in receiving life-saving blood products.  For example, clotting factor has been left on patients' front porches resulting in spoilage due to the heat.  And again these are life-saving products.

Although pharmacies that provide clotting factor to patients on various state-funded programs must comply with standards written into contracts with the state, there are no standards in state law which govern the proper storage and delivery of blood clotting products for private pay patients.

Sworn in December 6th, most of Assemblymember Mitchell's time has been focused, as Budget Subcommittee Chair for Health and Human Services, on trying to protect critical safety net services from the huge cuts necessary to address the state's 26 billion dollar deficit. Little time has been available for her to carry new legislation heretofore.

I'm pleased that AB 839 was my ‘maiden bill' to pass out of the Assembly, Mitchell noted. Ensuring access to quality healthcare is part of why I'm here.

CONTACT:  Charles Stewart @ (310) 482-1070