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Senate panel backs bill addressing Rx abuse, access

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a piece of legislation aimed at curbing prescription drug abuse and ensuring legitimate patient access by encouraging collaboration between health and enforcement agencies. 

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Bill preventing drug offenders from buying PSE passes Indiana senate committee

The Indiana Senate's appropriations committee approved a bill that would prevent drug offenders from buying cough and cold medication containing pseudoephedrine, WANE reported Thursday. "Under the bill, the system would issue an alert to a pharmacy to sop a sale if a customer's information matches data in NPLEx," the report noted. "Thirty-two states, including Indiana, currently use NPLEx to track sales." (WANE)

 

 

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Nominee for FDA top post passes Senate committee vote, but still faces opposition

President Barack Obama's nominee for commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration - Robert Califf - was approved by the Senate HELP Committee Tuesday, according to a report published by ABC News. But it's not necessarily smooth sailing from here. At least two senators are expected to place a hold on the nomination, including presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. "Sanders has said the country needs an FDA commissioner who will stand up to the pharmaceutical industry and that Califf is 'not that person.'" (ABC News)