The U.S. Senate has passed H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act (DQSA) with a voice vote, sending the important legislation to the desk of President Barack Obama. The President is expected to sign it happily. In an email to members, John M. Gray, President and CEO of the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA) stated:
“Today the U.S. Senate passed the Drug Quality and Security Act (H.R. 3204). We expect it will be quickly signed into law by the President. This is the culmination of nearly 10 years of effort by HDMA members to preempt all state laws relating to drug pedigrees and track-and-trace systems, to further enhance the security and safety of our nation’s drug supply chain. Since 2004, HDMA has spearheaded industry efforts to preempt multiple and conflicting state laws related to pedigree and the traceability of drugs. …”
See the related press release here.
I also expect President Obama to sign the bill into law. As I said in my essay earlier today (see “All Eyes On The U.S. Senate Tonight”), I will begin work on adding a banner to the top of all obsolete RxTrace essays and I will begin writing about the implications of the new prospective law. Clients of Dirk Rodgers Consulting, LLC are welcome to contact me to schedule conference calls to discuss the implications to your projects and your businesses going forward. All projects should be re-evaluated in light of this major action.