News Summary: Tracking system out of FDA bill

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Posted: Jun 19, 2012 4:46 PM
News Summary: Tracking system out of FDA bill

TRACKING SYSTEM OUT: A plan to create a national tracking system for prescription drugs has been dropped from congressional legislation designed to bolster the safety of the U.S. pharmaceutical supply.

NO COMPROMISE: Drugmakers and government regulators support a track-and-trace system, saying it could prevent stolen or counterfeit drugs from entering the U.S. But lawmakers said they were unable to find a compromise between differing views of the system.

STATE EFFORTS: Drug industry lobbyists have been pushing for a national tracking system to avoid the costs of complying with individual state tracking laws, including one in California set to take effect in 2015.