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house Bill H.R. 471

Should The Ties Between Big Pharma And Federal Agencies Be Tighter?

Argument in favor

This bill would prevent prescription drug abuse, by creating clear and consistent enforcement standards. Also ensures that patients have access to medications by promoting communication between government agencies, patients, and industry stakeholders.

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02/24/2015
When the tit's that big, everybody gets in line.
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04/22/2015
Thats the whole point behind "Controlled Substance". This bill would prevent prescription drug abuse, by creating clear and consistent enforcement standards. Also ensures that patients have access to medications by promoting communication between government agencies, patients, and industry stakeholders.
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04/21/2015
The DEA doesn't care whether people who are in pain receive the medications needed to help them. Thousands of Americans have died in pain as the result of their jihad against pain medications. Time to take the DEA out of the business of intimidating physicians for helping their patients.
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Argument opposed

This legislation was tailor made for drug lobbyists who care a lot more about keeping the stock prices of their drug manufacturing companies high, than they do about solving the ever-increasing problem of prescription drug abuse.

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04/20/2015
Tighter? They are already in bed with each other. Good lord......
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Ronald's Opinion
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04/20/2015
Should make it illegal for a FDA employee to go to work for a pharmaceutical company for at least 5 years. It is amazing how much they get paid when they leave after approving a drug and then go to work for the drug manufacturer.
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04/20/2015
the Feds should be targeting big pharma, not sleeping with them!
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What is House Bill H.R. 471?

This bill establishes clear standards for coordinated contact between federal agencies and the private entities within the prescription drug supply chain to alleviate prescription drug abuse. 

The goal is that through stricter enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), the legitimate access to medication by patients is not unnecessarily interrupted. 

For pharmaceutical distributors and pharmacists who have violated regulations, this legislation gives them an opportunity to correct their mistakes before having their registration revoked or suspended.

A report would also be created to assess "how patient access to medications could be adversely impacted by Federal and State law enforcement activities," and identify "how collaboration between [drug enforcement] agencies and stakeholders can benefit patients and prevent diversion and abuse of controlled substances." The report will incorporate feedback from a workgroup comprised of: 
 - Patient groups;
 - Pharmacies;
 - Drug Manufacturers;
 - Common or contract carriers and warehouse workers;
 - Hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers;
 - State Attorney Generals
 - Law enforcement officials and officers
 - Health benefit plans and pharmacy benefit management services; 
 - Wholesale drug distributors.

Impact

People who use (and abuse) prescription drugs, shareholders in drug manufacturing companies, healthcare providers who deal with prescriptions, and the Controlled Substances Act.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 471

A CBO cost is currently unavailable.

More Information

Of Note: 

After the announcement of a previous version of this legislation, an official from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was quoted calling out Sponsoring Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) and bill supporters for "supporting criminals." 

Unsurprisingly, Marino strongly disagrees, noting: 
“The goal of ensuring that patients and caregivers have access to necessary medications does not have to conflict with effective law enforcement ... Greater collaboration between federal law enforcement agencies and industry, bred by more clarity in the Controlled Substances Act, will help prevent diversion and protect consumers against disruptions in the supply chain.”

Media:

Huffington Post (Previous Bill Version)

NorthCentralPA.com

AKA

Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015

Official Title

To improve enforcement efforts related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, 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 21st, 2015
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 22nd, 2015

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    When the tit's that big, everybody gets in line.
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    Tighter? They are already in bed with each other. Good lord......
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    Should make it illegal for a FDA employee to go to work for a pharmaceutical company for at least 5 years. It is amazing how much they get paid when they leave after approving a drug and then go to work for the drug manufacturer.
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    the Feds should be targeting big pharma, not sleeping with them!
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    Big Pharm must be kept in line and end lobbing mechanisms to Congress,
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    private should be private and gov should be gov and do not mix the two
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    Another way for congress to enrich themselves at the expense of the tax payer. Congress is a failure at conducting oversight.
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    Thats the whole point behind "Controlled Substance". This bill would prevent prescription drug abuse, by creating clear and consistent enforcement standards. Also ensures that patients have access to medications by promoting communication between government agencies, patients, and industry stakeholders.
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    Get the leeches off of our government.
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    Because we all trust the Feds and the pharmaceutical lobbyists...
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    If someone OD's, illegally sells their prescription, or comes to work high, that's on the individual or the doctor prescribing it to them. Government involvement in our health care has already shown to be a fiasco - why add to it? The government needs to get out everyone's business.
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    Big Pharma is already too powerful. I want this special interest groups political donations and influence to be limited if possible.
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    Big pharmaceuticals and the federal agencies that regulate them are already lying in the same bed, allowing even closer collaboration would mean even deeper corruption.
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    Cause there research on these drugs are payed by tax payer.Drugs should much less cost cause tax payers money.
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    The DEA doesn't care whether people who are in pain receive the medications needed to help them. Thousands of Americans have died in pain as the result of their jihad against pain medications. Time to take the DEA out of the business of intimidating physicians for helping their patients.
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    Yes this would help to better monitor the way that drugs are transported and cared after. as a result of this the amount of drug smuggling from pharmaceutical companies and thereby decrease instances of drug abuse and trafficking.
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    There should be a MUTUAL 3rd party who overseas EVERYTHING that has to do with ALL ASPECTS OF HEALTH CARE AND MEDICINE!!
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    Big Pharma and Big Government in bed together? Yeah. What could go wrong for the U.S. citizen consumer?
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    Line the drug CEOs up and hang everyone of them from a street light. Fascist all need to meet the same ending.
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    absolutely not that leans way to much tward socialism
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