E-Pedigree bill on Governor's desk

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 4, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

SB 1307 (Mark Ridley-Thomas, D-Los Angeles), currently pending the Governor's action, would give California pharmacists, medical wholesalers and pharmaceutical manufacturers until at least 2015 (four years beyond the current deadline) to create an electronic tracking system for prescription drugs.  The bill establishes a staggered timeline for adopting an electronic pedigree system, starting with drugmakers in 2015 and followed by wholesalers in 2016 and retailers in 2017.   The Board of Pharmacy asked the Legislature to take up the latest bill. 

In addition to the mere challenges with establishing and implementing a system, concerns have been raised about federal action in this area.  Any move by Congress to mandate a national electronic drug tracking system before 2015 would preempt the California requirements.  Last year Congress ordered the Federal Drug Administration to draw up standards for a national tracking system by March 2010, but the directive stopped short of setting a deadline for launching a system. 

Nevertheless, California entities will have a couple more years to work out the challenges in lieu of a federal program.  The Governor has not indicated whether he will sign the bill. 

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