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HDMA Supports Hatch-Whitehouse Bill Addressing Drug Abuse

September 18, 2014

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ARLINGTON, Va. — HDMA President and CEO John M. Gray released the following statement on the Regulatory Transparency, Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2014 (S.2862), introduced today by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)

“We are pleased that the Senate, particularly Senators Hatch and Whitehouse, have recognized the importance of promoting collaborative and transparent efforts between pharmaceutical industry stakeholders and federal regulators in reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion. Like its companion legislation — the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2014 (H.R. 4709), sponsored by Reps. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.) — the bill will allow companies registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to submit corrective action plans to address DEA concerns, while clarifying the Controlled Substances Act to give industry stakeholders clear understanding of their responsibilities under the law.

“We are hopeful that this bicameral momentum will continue, especially now that the House of Representatives has passed H.R. 4709. HDMA and the nation’s primary pharmaceutical distributors pledge to work closely with both chambers to ensure passage of this legislation.”

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