No easy fixes

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS / LETTERS -

It is dis­ap­point­ing that in­stead of rec­og­niz­ing that the U.S. is fi­nally mov­ing to­ward a sin­gle, uni­form and national phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal dis­tri­bu­tion sup­ply chain law, Mod­ern Health­care in­stead opted to give cre­dence to the myth that this long-vex­ing chal­lenge could be solved with an easy fix (“Un­nec­es­sary com­pro­mise,” June 10, p. 18).

The Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Dis­tri­bu­tion Se­cu­rity Al­liance is a coali­tion of stake­hold­ers span­ning the sup­ply chain, com­pris­ing the very stake­hold­ers that will be tasked with en­sur­ing any pol­icy can be im­ple­mented. PDSA has sup­ported a step-wise so­lu­tion to en­hance the sys­tem and pro­tect pa­tients from coun­ter­feit prod­ucts and other threats men­tioned in the edi­to­rial while also lay­ing a foun­da­tion that can be ex­panded over time as ad­di­tional tech­nolo­gies are de­vel­oped.

As the edi­to­rial ac­knowl­edged, the ab­sence of a fed­eral so­lu­tion re­sults in a patch­work quilt of reg­u­la­tions that could make the sit­u­a­tion worse for ev­ery­one. The phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sup­ply chain is a national sys­tem that re­quires a national so­lu­tion, not a hodge­podge of laws and reg­u­la­tions that could hin­der pa­tient ac­cess to medicines and pro­vide weak links bad ac­tors can ex­ploit.

A sig­nif­i­cant bi­par­ti­san and bi­cam­eral group of con­gres­sional lead­ers—in­clud­ing the chair­man and rank­ing mem­ber of the Se­nate HELP Com­mit­tee, the chair­man of the House En­ergy and Com­merce Com­mit­tee, the pre­vi­ous long­time Demo­cratic chair­man of the com­mit­tee, and mul­ti­ple Repub­li­can and Demo­cratic law­mak­ers in both cham­bers—rec­og­nize the need for a national so­lu­tion and have been work­ing tire­lessly for months to­ward this end. Last month, the House passed its pro­posed bill by an over­whelm­ing voice vote, and the Se­nate HELP Com­mit­tee has ap­proved its bill with­out any ob­jec­tions. This re­flects an un­prece­dented and re­fresh­ing level of con­sen­sus to cre­ate a national sys­tem that is long over­due and should be en­acted into law now.

Vince Ven­timiglia Prin­ci­pal, Fae­gre BD Con­sult­ing Ad­viser to the PDSA Wash­ing­ton

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