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house Bill H.R. 1899

Should Licenses to Manufacture, Distribute, or Dispense Controlled Substances be Terminated When Registrants Cease to Exist?

Argument in favor

Loose restrictions on registrations to manufacture, distribute, and dispense controlled substances contributed heavily to the opioid crisis. Ensuring that these registrations are canceled when their holders die, cease existing as legal entities, or surrender their registrations is an important means of keeping opioids out of the hands of wrongdoers.

Carina's Opinion
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04/16/2021
Yes, this should be the case. When a participant passes away the record and license should be closed just like when someone passes away their name should be permanently removed from the voter rolls.
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Argument opposed

Limiting the transfer of licenses to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances could impede the operations of healthcare providers, pharmacies, and drug manufacturers. Controlling the opioid crisis will be better done at the point of use, such as by limiting overprescription of these highly addictive substances.

Melissa's Opinion
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04/16/2021
The people this will harm most is those who depend on these drugs to live a functional, pain free life. If you want to go after the authors of the opoid crisis, you'd be far more accurate going after the companies that at best, knew and downplayed the addictivness of these drugs for profit, and at worst manufactured the crisis in it's entirety to feed their greed, by selling the drugs, as well as their antidotes, at premium prices.
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What is House Bill H.R. 1899?

This bill, the Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2021, would terminate licenses to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances or chemicals on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) List I, if and when the registrant dies, ceases to legally exist, discontinues business or professional practice, or surrenders their registration.

Impact

Manufacturers, distributors, or dispensers of controlled substances or List I chemicals; licenses to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances or List I chemicals; regulation of licenses to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances or List I chemicals; and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1899

$0.00
In the 116th Congress, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that there would be no cost to implement this bill.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) reintroduced this legislation from the 116th Congress to limit the transfer of registrations to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances. After this bill passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the 116th Congress, Rep. Griffith said:

“The abuse of legal manufacturing and sales of opioids heavily contributed to the opioid crisis. The Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act would tighten restrictions on registrations to manufacture, distribute, or dispense them, helping to reduce opioid abuse as our country continues to face this crisis.”

After this bill’s passage in the House during the previous session of Congress, Rep. Griffith further observed that “[t]he opioid crisis grew in part due to the abuse of opioids legally manufactured and sold.” He added that this legislation’s reform of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regulations to close legal loopholes that could enable opioid abuse would be a “small but important fix that will assist in fighting the opioid epidemic.”

This legislation has one Republican cosponsor, Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA), in the 117th Congress. 

In the previous session of Congress, Rep. Griffith introduced this bill with the support of one Republican cosponsor, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR). It passed the House by voice vote but didn’t receive a Senate vote.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2021

Official Title

To amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide for the modification, transfer, and termination of a registration to manufacture, distribute, or dispense controlled substances or list I chemicals, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed April 16th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 412 Yea / 5 Nay
      house Committees
      Health
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
    IntroducedMarch 16th, 2021

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    Yes, this should be the case. When a participant passes away the record and license should be closed just like when someone passes away their name should be permanently removed from the voter rolls.
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    Most businesses have people who take over legally when an owner dies so that the entity itself will continue to live on. And then there are stockholders who own part of the businesses. The only exception I know of is when there is a partnership set up and a partner dies. Even at that, the partnership is renamed without the deceased partner and it would cease to exist and a new partnership formed. So, unless the agreement is with an individual, I'd say it might be complicated, and perhaps impossible, to disbar their drug related functions merely because of a death of an owner.
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    Judy nailed it. But this law and many others don’t stop companies like Perdue Para from profiting from the American people, even when they knew they were killing American while they bathed in luxury.
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    The people this will harm most is those who depend on these drugs to live a functional, pain free life. If you want to go after the authors of the opoid crisis, you'd be far more accurate going after the companies that at best, knew and downplayed the addictivness of these drugs for profit, and at worst manufactured the crisis in it's entirety to feed their greed, by selling the drugs, as well as their antidotes, at premium prices.
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    No brainer Now to important stuff-fix the rose garden The beautiful rose garden needs to be restored
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    Save lives! Great bill!
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    Makes sense should close these loopholes.
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    Good job
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    You mean they actually had to vote on this? Wow!
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    Yes
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    If they no longer exist, who is manufacturing the drugs? This doesn't make sense.
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    I cannot sell my drivers license to anyone else, or leave it in my will.: why should companies be able to transfer licenses when many more lives than a single driver can touch are at risk?
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