POLICY BRIEFINGS


Senate Judiciary Committee Cracks Down on Counterfeit Drugs


Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee passed S. 1886, the Counterfeit Drug Penalty Enhancement Act, which would increase the penalties for the trafficking of counterfeit medications.  Penalties for an individual would be a $4 million maximum fine and up to 20 years in prison while other entities could be fined $10 million.


Recently Introduced Health Legislation


H.R. 3542 (MEDICAID), to amend Section 5001 of Division B of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to extend the temporary increase in Medicaid FMAP through the end of fiscal year 2012; GRIJALVA; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dec. 1.

H.R. 3547 (HIV/AIDS), to provide for an effective HIV/AIDS program in federal prisons; WATERS; to the Committee on the Judiciary, Dec. 1.

H.R. 3554 (PHARMACEUTICALS), to prohibit the open-air cultivation of genetically engineered pharmaceutical and industrial crops; to prohibit the use of common human food or animal feed as the host plant for a genetically engineered pharmaceutical or industrial chemical; to establish a tracking system to regulate the growing, handling, transportation, and disposal of pharmaceutical and industrial crops and their byproducts to prevent human, animal, and general environmental exposure to genetically engineered pharmaceutical and industrial crops and their byproducts; to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of genetically engineered foods; and for other purposes; KUCINICH; jointly, to the committees on Agriculture and Energy and Commerce, Dec. 2.

H.R. 3558 (TAXATION), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide that the prohibition on suits to restrain assessment or collection of tax does not apply to the tax provisions of the PPACA or the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010; LANCE; to the Committee on Ways and Means, Dec. 2.

H. RES. 481 (DISEASE AWARENESS), supporting the goals and ideals of “Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week”; ROSS of Florida; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dec. 1.

S. 1943 (MEDICAL DEVICES), to amend Section 513 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to expedite the process for requesting de novo classification of a device; BROWN of Massachusetts; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Dec. 5.

H.R. 3575 (FEDERAL BUDGET), to amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to establish joint resolutions on the budget, and for other purposes; BLACK; jointly, to the committees on Rules and the Budget, Dec. 7.

H.R. 3576 (FEDERAL BUDGET), to amend the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to establish spending limits and deficit control; CAMPBELL; jointly, to the committees on the Budget and Rules, Dec. 7.

H.R. 3579 (FEDERAL PROGRAM SPENDING), to require greater accountability in spending in direct spending programs, and for other purposes; CHAFFETZ; to the Committee on the Budget, and in addition to the Committees on Rules, Education and the Workforce, and the Judiciary, Dec. 7.

H.R. 3586 (VOLUNTEER RESPONDERS), to amend the Public Health Service Act to limit the liability of health care professionals who volunteer to provide health care services in response to a disaster; STEARNS; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and the Judiciary, Dec. 7.

H.R. 3587 (MEDICAID), to amend Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide for the application of Medicaid prompt pay requirement to claims for payment for covered items and services furnished by any Medicaid health care entity; BILBRAY; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dec. 7.

S. 1967 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the treatment of certain physician pathology services under Medicare; JOHNSON of South Dakota; to the Committee on Finance, Dec. 8.

S. 1969 (MEDICAID/CHIP), to amend Title IX of the Social Security Act to improve the quality, health outcomes, and value of maternity care under the Medicaid and CHIP programs by developing a maternity care quality measurement program, evaluating maternity care home models, and supporting maternity care quality collaboratives; STABENOW; to the Committee on Finance, Dec. 8.

S. 1972 (FDA), to amend the Food and Drug Administration’s mission; COATS; to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Dec. 8.

S. 1976 (MILITARY HEALTH), to authorize educational assistance under the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship program for pursuit of advanced degrees in physical therapy and occupational therapy; COLLINS; to the Committee on Armed Services, Dec. 8.

H.R. 3613 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to allow for fair application of the exceptions process for drugs in tiers in formularies in prescription drug plans under Medicare Part D; JOHNSON of Georgia; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, Dec. 8.

H.R. 3620 (MEDICAID/CHIP), to amend Title IX of the Social Security Act to improve the quality, health outcomes, and value of maternity care under the Medicaid and CHIP programs by developing a maternity care quality measurement program, evaluating maternity care home models, and supporting maternity care quality collaboratives; ENGEL; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dec. 8.

H.R. 3622 (MEDICARE), to amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide comprehensive cancer patient treatment education under Medicare and to provide for research to improve cancer symptom management; ISRAEL; jointly, to the committees on Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means, Dec. 8.

H.R. 3625 (DISEASE AWARENESS), to amend Title III of the Public Health Service Act to authorize and support the creation of cardiomyopathy education, awareness, and risk assessment materials and resources by the secretary of health and human services through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the dissemination of such materials and resources by state educational agencies to identify more at-risk families; PALLONE; to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dec. 8.



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