Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Prescription Drug Accountability Bill
The new bill mandates that companies along the prescription drug supply chain verify the drugs are authentic and to contact authorities if they come in contact with suspicious or illegitimate drugs, Reuters reports; tracing drugs down to the level of entire lots, including thousands of bottles or packs of vials, the article notes.
In the past, measures that aimed at creating national standards for drug tracking failed after companies said they would be too expensive.
Last month a senate version of the bill was passed by committee, but it is not known when it will be brought to the full Senate floor. This is a big step in the right direction and if all goes well we will see a lot more accountability when it comes to prescription drugs.