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S. 974 (115th): Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act of 2018

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A bill to promote competition in the market for drugs and biological products by facilitating the timely entry of lower-cost generic and biosimilar versions of those drugs and biological products.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Patrick Leahy

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Vermont. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 21, 2018
Length: 42 pages
Apr 27, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 14, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Grassley: Legislation Will Improve Competition for Rx Drugs & Save Taxpayer Dollars
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 14, 2018

Daines Sponsors Bill to Increase Access to Lower-Cost Generic Drugs
    — Sen. Steve Daines [R-MT] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 12, 2018

Grassley Statement Ahead of Committee Votes on Circuit, District Court Nominees and Opioid Bill
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 7, 2018

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates S. 974 will save $3.4 billion through 2028.
Coalition to Reduce Spending The Coalition to Reduce Spending supports the passage of the CREATES Act as a market-based solution that allows manufacturers the ability to purchase the samples they need to bring more affordable FDA-approved drugs to market. Public estimates are that CREATES would ...


Apr 27, 2017

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Jun 7, 2018
Considered by Senate Committee on the Judiciary

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Jun 14, 2018
Ordered Reported

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S. 974 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 974. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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