Upton Touts Committee’s Landmark Drug Quality and Security Law During Visit to Michigan Drug Manufacturer

February 21, 2014

Upton: “Across the nation, Americans going to the doctor’s office or pharmacy will now have the confidence that their drugs are safe.” 

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) visited Allegan, Michigan, drug manufacturer Perrigo Company this week to celebrate the enactment of the H.R. 3204, the Drug Quality and Security Act. The Drug Quality and Security Act was the product of a bipartisan, bicameral breakthrough led by Chairman Upton following the committee’s yearlong investigation of the fungal meningitis outbreak. The bill protects traditional pharmacies and clarifies laws related to human drug compounding while also strengthening the prescription drug supply chain in order to defend American families against counterfeit drugs and to protect jobs. Perrigo is one of the world’s largest generic drug manufacturers and employs approximately 3,500 people in West Michigan. As Upton explained during his visit to Perrigo, “Not only does it help employers with jobs created here - it also helps consumers at the end because they know the drugs they take are much safer.”

February 19, 2014

Upton at Perrigo to celebrate new drug tracking law

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton celebrated his Drug Quality and Security Act on Tuesday by visiting one of the region’s biggest drug manufacturers, Allegan’s Perrigo Co.

Upton, R-St. Joseph, authored the bipartisan House Bill 3204 that President Barack Obama signed into law in late November. Tuesday, Upton toured Perrigo’s Plant 7, spoke with employees and held a press conference with Perrigo Chairman and CEO Joseph Papa.

Passing the bill was a three-year process, said Upton, who is also chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. The final push came in 2012 when contaminated steroids from the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., cased hundreds of deaths. Twenty states were affected, with 751 cases and 64 deaths, but Michigan felt the effect more than any other with 264 cases and 19 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control. …

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February 18, 2014

Upton touts new drug safety law in Perrigo visit 

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Michigan congressman Fred Upton says a new law he authored will help west Michigan pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer and Perrigo, while protecting consumers nationwide.

In November 2013, President Barack Obama signed the Drug Quality and Security Act, aimed at regulating compounding pharmacies and establishing a track-and-trace pedigree system for drugs.

It was in response to the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak linked to a Massachusetts pharmacy that killed dozens of people, including many from Michigan.

Upton, a Republican from St. Joseph, toured the Perrigo plant Tuesday and spoke with reporters afterward. "Not only does it help employers with jobs created here - it also helps consumers at the end because they know the drugs they take are much safer," Upton said. …

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