According to the official calendar for the US Senate politicians will meet to discuss the “Drug Quality and Security Act” – HR 3204 – later today, just a few weeks after the US House of Representatives passed their version of the legislation.
If the Senate passed HR 3204 – the debate will be streamed online – it could be signed into US law by President Barack Obama in 10 days and make efforts by legislators in various States redundant, notably those in California working on e-pedigree.
If the law is passed by the Senate tonight and signed into law soonafter manufacturers will have to provide electronic transactions information and histories.
In addition, they will have to affix a product identifier to each package and keep the identifier on the package for a minimum of six years after the date of the transaction.
The information will have to include:
— The proprietary or established name or names of the product;
— The strength and dosage form of the product;
— The National Drug Code number of the product;
— The container size;
— The number of containers;
— The lot number of the product;
— The date of the transaction and the date of the shipment; and
— The business name and address of the person from whom ownership is being transferred and the business name and address of the person to whom ownership is being transferred.