“The Senate this week unanimously passed the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act to help ensure that prescription drugs land in the hands of patients and not those who would abuse them.
The bill, authored by Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. and advocated by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, would clarify the standards companies must meet when protecting prescription drugs from being diverted toward improper uses and help protect patients from dangerous disruptions in the production and delivery of their prescription drugs.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed its largely similar version of the bill (H.R. 471) in April 2015. Congressional leaders will need to determine the best path to achieving passage of the exact same legislative language in both chambers, so the bill can advance to the President.”
Source: DrugStoreNews.com – March 18, 2016