By establishing a uniform national tracing system that uses proven technologies, Congress can provide immediate and robust protections to the American consumer. If Congress fails to act, the consequences will be a patchwork quilt of inconsistent, incomplete and contradictory state laws, rules and regulations that will fail to strengthen the distribution supply chain.
With all components of the supply chain — pharmaceutical and biologics manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors, logistics providers and chain and community pharmacists — coming together to support a bipartisan solution, Congress can strengthen the integrity of our pharmaceutical supply chain right now by including an effective drug traceability solution within the user fee legislation.
Vince Ventimiglia, a principal of FaegreBD Consulting and former assistant secretary for legislation at the Department of Health and Human Services, serves as adviser to the Pharmaceutical Distribution Security Alliance.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.