H. R. 2623
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 3, 2015
Mr. Ellison (for himself, Mr. Rohrabacher, Ms. Schakowsky, and Mr. Grijalva) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To reduce prescription drug costs by allowing the importation and reimportation of certain drugs.
This Act may be cited as the
Personal Drug Importation Fairness Act of 2015.
Reducing prescription drug costs by allowing certain drugs to be imported or reimported
Notwithstanding any provision of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.), a drug may be imported into the United States, and may be reimported into the United States by a person other than the drug’s manufacturer, if the drug—
has the same active ingredients, route of administration, and strength as a prescription drug approved under chapter V of such Act (21 U.S.C. 351 et seq.);
may be lawfully marketed in, and is imported or reimported from, a qualified country;
is dispensed by a licensed pharmacist;
is shipped directly to, or is imported by, the ultimate consumer from the qualified country;
is shipped or imported in quantities that do not exceed a 90-day supply; and
is accompanied by a copy of a valid prescription.
In this Act:
The term drug has the meaning given to such term in section 201 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321), except that such term excludes any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802)).
The term prescription drug means a drug subject to section 503(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 353(b)(1)).
The term qualified country means a country that—
is Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, South Africa, a member-state of the European Union, or a country in the European Economic Area; and
is determined by the Commissioner of Food and Drugs to have standards for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of drugs that are at least as protective as such standards in the United States.