FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2010
For More Information, Contact:
Melissa Figueroa (916) 651-4011
SACRAMENTO – Wednesday State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) will join representatives of the National MS Society, the Diabetes Coalition of California, the California Conference of Environmental Health Directors and other consumer health organizations to present criteria that will be used to evaluate safe needle disposal plans prepared by drug manufacturers. The criteria come on the heels of Simitian’s Senate Bill 486, which was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger last fall.
Senate Bill 486 made California the first state in the nation to require drug manufacturers to submit plans that provide for the safe disposal of used needles. The bill was proposed in Simitian’s annual “There Oughta Be A Law” contest by a constituent from San Carlos who lives with Multiple Sclerosis. In California, approximately 1 in 12 households have someone who must self-administer injections to treat a variety of medical conditions.
What: Safe Needle Disposal Plan
When: Wednesday March 10, 2010
Where: State Capitol Room 1190
For more information on Senate Bill 486 or other “There Oughta Be A Law” legislation, visit http://www.senatorsimitian.com/legislation.