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house Bill H.R. 5752

Should the FDA Have More Power to Seize Imports of Controlled Substances?

Argument in favor

This commonsense bill would make it easier for the FDA to seize illegal shipments of drugs that aren’t yet approved for medical use and punish those who skirt the law.

Mart's Opinion
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06/13/2018
Don’t they already? Whose job is it to control controlled substances?
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Merry's Opinion
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06/13/2018
What the discussion? I thought they already had the power & control??? Why are they wasting more time & more money?
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Bob's Opinion
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06/16/2018
Put a 100% tariff on the pills. That would limit the problem.
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Argument opposed

The FDA shouldn’t have the power to seize or destroy imported drugs that it hasn’t approved for medical use or to debar individuals and companies who break the law.

Tina's Opinion
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06/13/2018
Big pharma has too much of a stranglehold on every facet of our government already. I’m hesitant to give them even more power with a bill like this.
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Richard's Opinion
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06/13/2018
This administration should not be allowed any oversight of anything.
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Hunter's Opinion
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06/13/2018
This is not their job to control things just how they see fit. The people need more of a say in things because pharma, tobacco, and alcohol controls most of our governments actions!
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • The house Passed June 13th, 2018
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedMay 10th, 2018

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What is House Bill H.R. 5752?

This bill would strengthen the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to seize, detain, refuse, or destroy imports of drugs that are under development and considered controlled substances. Individuals or companies found to have violated this bill’s provisions would face fines and debarment by the FDA — meaning they’d be prohibited from providing services to a person or entity that has an approved or pending drug application.

Impact

Individuals and companies importing drugs in violation of this bill; and the FDA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 5752

The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would generate an insignificant increase in revenue.

More Information

In-DepthIntroduced by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), this bill passed the House Energy & Commerce Committee on a voice vote. It has the support of two Republican cosponsors.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: JulNichols / iStock)

AKA

Stop Illicit Drug Importation Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the importation of certain drugs, and for other purposes.