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Pew and Partners Continue to Call for the Passage of the Drug Quality and Security Act

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The Pew Charitable Trusts continues to call for passage of the Drug Quality and Security Act (HR 3204) in the Senate. The legislation would implement a "track and trace" system for the U.S. pharmaceutical distribution supply chain and establish enhanced federal oversight of compounding pharmacies to keep the nation's supply of drugs and other pharmaceutical products as safe as possible and increase patient safety.

The legislation is also supported by prominent public health organizations, cancer advocates, patient groups, and consumer organizations including the American Medical Student Association, American Women's Medical Association, American Public Health Association, Annie Appleseed Foundation, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists, Center for Medical Consumers, Community Catalyst, Connecticut Center for Patient Safety, Friends of Cancer Research, Lymphoma Research Foundation, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, and Trust for America's Health.


Oct. 17, 2013

The Honorable Harry Reid
Majority Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Republican Leader
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Majority Leader Reid and Republican Leader McConnell: We ask that you act without delay to pass the bipartisan Drug Quality and Security Act (H.R. 3204).

Leading public health organizations, cancer advocates, patient groups, and consumer organizations have expressed strong support for this urgently-needed legislation, and we urge swift action so that patients and consumers are protected from unsafe medicines. A letter of support to Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Alexander can be found below.

Sincerely,

Allan Coukell
The Pew Charitable Trusts 


Sept. 30, 2013

The Honorable Tom Harkin
Chairman
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Lamar Alexander
Ranking Member
Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions
U.S. Senate
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Fred Upton
Chairman
Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Henry Waxman
Ranking Member
Committee on Energy and Commerce
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Harkin, Ranking Member Alexander, Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman:

We thank you for your good work to protect all Americans from unsafe, substandard, and compromised medicines. The Drug Quality and Security Act will help create a national framework to secure the U.S. pharmaceutical supply and make compounded products safer.

We urge you to pass the Drug Quality and Security Act without delay. This bill contains important provisions to protect consumers and patients. It creates a strong national unit-level serialization and traceability standard to keep unsafe medicines from reaching consumers.

The bill is also a step forward in the longstanding effort to reduce the risks of drugs made by compounding pharmacies that exceed traditional practice. It restores key provisions of section 503A of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and creates a "voluntary category" of outsourcing facilities that will enable hospitals and clinics to purchase drugs made under higher quality standards.

Nearly every American family depends on medicines to prevent or treat illness. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation will help ensure that those drugs are safe, effective, and of the highest quality. We urge swift passage.

American Medical Student Association
American Women's Medical Association
American Public Health Association
Annie Appleseed Foundation
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
Center for Medical Consumers
Community Catalyst
Connecticut Center for Patient Safety
Friends of Cancer Research
Lymphoma Research Foundation
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Trust for America's Health