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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.