“Track and Trace” legislation approved by US House of Representatives

hr 1919 house bill track and trace (PhotoAtelier http://www.flickr.com/photos/glenbledsoe/6037331314/)

The US House of Representatives has approved legislation that would establish national standards for monitoring the distribution of prescription drugs and require drugs to be tracked through the distribution system. The House bill, HR 1919, would impose new requirements on companies that manufacture, handle, distribute and dispense drug products. The national system would mean that manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies would "track and track" drugs through the supply chain and, according to Republican Bob Latta, "protect against the threat posed by counterfeit drugs" (Bloomberg).

However, some say that HR 1919 doesn't go far enough, and are pushing for the Senate version, S957, which aims to transition the current lot-level tracing system to a unit-level system over the next 10 years.

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