Speeches & Testimony

Pew Supports Bipartisan Efforts to Reform Over-the-Counter Drug Regulation

This page was updated on June 14 to include references to a revised bill and an additional letter.

The Pew Charitable Trusts sent a letter May 17 to Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) thanking them for their bipartisan efforts to reform the over-the-counter (OTC) monograph system. The senators are considering draft legislative language that incorporates six principles Pew and other public health groups have identified to achieve greater OTC regulatory efficiency. 

Pew also sent a joint letter with five public health organizations supporting the language and expressing hope that it will be included in the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017.

On June 14, Pew joined with industry, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and several other public health groups to thank Sens. Isakson and Casey for a revised draft bill for OTC monograph reform that incorporated stakeholder feedback. Pew and its partners reiterated our hope that this language will be included in the Food and Drug Administration Reauthorization Act of 2017.

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