Independent distributors group opposes pedigree law

July 2, 2007

The National Coalition of Pharmaceutical Distributors (NCPD) has come out in support of a lawsuit aimed at preventing the implementation of new pedigree requirements for the Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA).

The National Coalition of Pharmaceutical Distributors (NCPD) has come out in support of a lawsuit aimed at preventing the implementation of new pedigree requirements for the Prescription Drug Marketing Act (PDMA). In the case, RxUSA sued the FDA, claiming the pedigree requirement unfairly singled out secondary wholesalers. Pending the trial, the judge issued a preliminary injunction, stopping the FDA from implementing the provision. In a court brief, NCPD insisted the pedigree requirement "would put most secondary wholesalers out of business overnight, with devastating and irreparable consequences ? while providing no protection to the consumers who are the intended beneficiaries of the rule." The FDA has filed an appeal of the injunction, but a date for the hearing has not been set.

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