April 12, 2016
ARLINGTON, Va. — HDMA President and CEO John M. Gray released a statement on the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act (S. 483), which the U.S. House of Representatives passed today by unanimous consent. The bill is sponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
“Today’s passage of S. 483 by the House marks the final step in the legislative process before the bill goes to President Obama’s desk for his signature. HDMA commends Senators Hatch and Whitehouse as well as Reps. Marino, Blackburn, Welch and Chu — and their respective staffs — for their steady leadership as the legislation worked its way through both chambers. S. 483 establishes common-sense policies that will bring together supply chain stakeholders and regulators to address prescription drug abuse in a more transparent and collaborative way.
“More than three years ago, HDMA’s pharmaceutical distributor members created the initial concept that later became the bill that was passed today. It has been gratifying to watch as the primary framework, initially advocated by our industry, and supported by patient, pharmacy and provider groups, gained champions in the House and Senate and evolved into full-fledged legislation that ultimately garnered bipartisan support. Following President Obama’s signing of the bill, HDMA will continue to work with our members, regulators and supply chain partners, to ensure that the legislation delivers on its promise.”
HDA is the national association representing primary healthcare distributors, the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare providers. Each business day, HDA member companies ensure that over 15 million prescription medicines and healthcare products are delivered safely and efficiently to more than 200,000 pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. HDA and its members work daily to provide value and achieve cost savings, an estimated $42 billion each year to our nation’s healthcare system.