Partnership for Safe Medicines Applauds FDA Reform Bill

Released on: May 1, 2008, 9:56 am

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Industry: Government

Press Release Summary: Consumer safety group urges Congress to give the FDA the
authority and tools needed to ensure the safety of America's medicines.

Press Release Body: WASHINGTON, DC (May 1, 2008) - The Partnership for Safe
Medicines, a group of organizations and individuals dedicated to protect consumers
from counterfeit medicines, issued the following statement regarding today\'s hearing
on Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Globalization Act of 2008 held by the House
Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health.

Dubbed by supporters as the "FDA reform bill," the Partnership for Safe Medicines
thanks Rep. John Dingell and other members of the Committee for moving this
legislation forward. Recent events have demonstrated that reform is necessary, and

However, we encourage Congress to view this reform bill and other similar
legislation as the beginning of drug safety efforts in our country, not the end.
The FDA needs authority to destroy unapproved drugs entering our country rather than
returning them to the criminals who sent them here in the first place. We need to
require Internet pharmacies to be certified so customers can recognize which
pharmacies are legitimate and which are rogues selling questionable items. And, we
need to stop online pharmacies from selling a controlled substance over the Internet
without a valid prescription.

While the government works to develop a plan to protect Americans, the Partnership
encourages everyone to learn how they can take steps to protect themselves from
contraband and potentially counterfeit medicines-because counterfeit drugs are
unsafe at any cost.

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About the Partnerships for Safe Medicines
The Partnership for Safe Medicines is a group of organizations and individuals that
have policies, procedures, or programs to protect consumers from counterfeit or
contraband medicines. For more information, please visit

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Contact Details: Deborah Danuser

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