Safer Meds: More FDA Authority?

DC lawmakers are debating a bill that would make FDA standards higher on prescription drug safety.
DC lawmakers are debating a bill that would make FDA standards higher on prescription drug safety.

WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – News about medication recalls have been common recently. According to the Pew Prescription Project, recalls are up 400% in a year, and at the same time, a new survey shows that nine in ten people want the FDA to have stronger authority to recall potentially unsafe or contaminated meds.

Project director Allan Coukell says their survey also found widespread mistrust in the quality of medication ingredients manufactured in China and India, and up to 80% of components these days are coming from overseas.

The manufacturer of several Children's Tylenol products issued recalls earlier this year, and bill sponsor Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado says that was the inspiration for him to pursue legislation, as he has three young daughters. Besides recall authority, the bill also gives additional powers to the FDA.

The U.S. Senate is set to take a closer look at the issue, with the introduction Tuesday of the Drug Safety and Accountability Act. If approved, the FDA would gain more recall power.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America trade group issued a statement in response to the bill, saying, “The U.S. regulatory system for prescription drugs is the toughest and safest in the world.”

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