Ill. legislature approves pedigree/licensure legislation

August 20, 2007

The final language includes provisions requiring pedigree outside the normal distribution channel, which includes drop shipments; a surety bond; criminal background checks and continuing training for designated representatives; penalties and discipline language; and a directive requiring the board to establish—prior to July 1, 2009—an implementation date for electronic pedigree.

On Aug. 1, the Illinois legislature passed a lengthy bill that includes amendments to the state's Pharmacy Practice Act, Controlled Substances Act, and Wholesale Drug Distribution Licensing Act. The bill will now be sent to the governor for his approval. The final language includes provisions requiring pedigree outside the normal distribution channel, which includes drop shipments; a surety bond; criminal background checks and continuing training for designated representatives; penalties and discipline language; and a directive requiring the board to establish—prior to July 1, 2009—an implementation date for electronic pedigree. The date shall be no sooner than July 1, 2010.

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