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Consumer and manufacturing groups back bill to protect US drug supply
Date:8/3/2010

bipartisan polling was conducted by Hart Research Associates and Public Opinion Strategies.

"According to our polling, most Americans lack confidence that drugs made in India and China today are safe," said Allan Coukell, director of the Pew Prescription Project. "The Drug Safety and Accountability Act takes needed steps toward rebuilding that trust by giving the FDA new authorities to recall drugs and establishing some important safeguards to ensure the quality and safety of drugs and drug ingredients."

"This bill is a critical step toward improving the safety of the prescription drugs millions of Americans depend on every day," said David Sloane, AARP senior vice president. "It gives the FDA the necessary authority to ensure strong quality standards protecting U.S. consumers are upheld in the U.S. and around the world, and encourages the rapid sharing of information to help quickly identify and act on quality control issues."

"Physicians support strong efforts to ensure that the drugs they prescribe to their patients are safe and effective," said J. Fred Ralston, Jr., MD, FACP, president of the American College of Physicians. "This legislation is an important step toward safeguarding the nation's drug supply by improving quality standards and strengthening the FDA's ability to track the domestic and foreign drug supply."

Brant Zell, chairman of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers of America (SOCMA) Bulk Pharmaceutical Task Force, said, "Our members strongly endorse legislation that strengthens the FDA and increases public safety and health with a more secure drug supply. We believe this legislation is a good starting point. Today, about 80 percent of the drugs' active ingredients come from overseas in countries like India and China. However, imported drugs receive less than 5 percent of FDA's resources. Senator Bennet's bill will give the FDA more authority, tools and resources to help ensure a safe U.S. drug supply."


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Contact: Linda Paris
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202-540-6354
Pew Health Group
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