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State Senate hearing eyes reforms of medical industry regulations

Members of the State Senate majority coalition are holding a hearing Wednesday in Buffalo to seek ideas on needed regulatory reforms from members of the local health care and medical services community.

The hearing is the first of 10 scheduled over the next five weeks meant to generate proposals for a package of legislation meant to make New York a more business-friendly state.

State Senators Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma; David Carlucci, a Rockland County Democrat; Kathleen Marchione, a Saratoga County Republican; and David Valesky, an Onondaga County Democrat, are hosting Wednesday's event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gaylord-Cary Meeting Room at Roswell Park Cancer Institute's Research Studies Center.

The senators have invited officials from major health care and medical services institutions and organizations to testify about regulatory issues that hamper economic development in the region and statewide.

Those scheduled to appear include Dr. Donald Trump, Roswell Park's president; Jessica Crawford, president of the MedTech association; Dr. Thomas Madejski, assistant treasurer of the New York State Medical Society; Dennis Galluzzo, executive director of the Pharmacists Association of Western New York; and Dr. Willie Underwood, legislation chair of the Erie County Medical Society.

---Stephen T. Watson

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