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Counterfeit drugs.

COUNTERFEIT DRUGS. A bill (H.R. 2345) introduced by Rep. Steve Israel (DNY) is designed to combat the counterfeiting and adulteration of prescription drugs.

H.R. 2345 would make it a crime to knowingly cause a prescription drug to be adulterated, misbranded, or misrepresented as an approved drug and then sell or trade that drug. The bill would also make it illegal to purchase or trade such drugs if you know, or have reason to know, that the drug was altered, mislabeled, or misrepresented. Under the provision, a drug manufacturer who becomes aware that such a violation has occurred must notify the government within 48 hours.

The bill would also require that the government issue regulations on chain-of-custody security to keep drugs safe from tampering. H.R. 2345 would increase funding for the Food and Drug Administration to conduct inspections of drug manufacturing facilities.

H.R. 2345 has no cosponsors and has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health.
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Title Annotation:United States congressional legislation
Author:Anderson, Teresa
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Date:Oct 1, 2005
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