New FDA Bill is of Special Interest to RNs and Their Patients
The U.S. Senate passed legislation to reauthorize the FDA’s ability to approve prescription drugs, medical devices, and other medical products, sending the bill on to President Obama to sign into law. To read more about this pending law, click the FDA bill link.
Some of the positive things the FDA bill does:
- Expedites FDA’s approval process for innovative treatments for people with rare diseases
- Cracks down on prescription drug abuse
- Protects the safety of prescription drugs from counterfeits and contamination.
- Ensures that medications manufactured abroad are safe
- Promotes drug supply chain integrity
American Traveler’s Clinical Nurse Manager, Deborah Bacurin, R.N. is pleased with the bill, having experienced firsthand how aggravating it is for registered nurses when they must prescribe a certain medication simply because there is a shortage on a better drug – or the other side of the coin: being a patient and having to use the generic brand because the drug that was originally ordered for you is no longer being made. This FDA legislation will save many patients and their healthcare team from having to deal with this.
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) thinks the bill is positive too; he helped co-author it. A member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Whitehouse thinks it will benefit Rhode Island patients.