Pharmacists want federal drug pedigree standard

September 11, 2006

A majority of pharmacists want an overarching federal approach to drug pedigree laws, according to an Instant Poll on Drug Topics' Web site, posted in August. Fifty-six percent of the 538 voters stated that they preferred a standard law across the country to a patchwork of state laws.

Pharmacists want federal drug pedigree standard

A majority of pharmacists want an overarching federal approach to drug pedigree laws, according to an Instant Poll on Drug Topics' Web site, posted in August. Fifty-six percent of the 538 voters stated that they preferred a standard law across the country to a patchwork of state laws. Only 4% of respondents believe the laws are effective deterrents to counterfeiting, while 36% believe that the laws are not enough to keep counterfeit drugs from still ending up in the pharmacy supply chain. Another 4% did not have an opinion. Recently, the FDA acknowledged that adoption of RFID (radio frequency identification) tags that would constitute an electronic pedigree will not be ready for 2007 and that it would begin enforcing existing drug pedigree regulations.

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