OTC Monograph Reform Passes House Again As Clock Ticks On Session
House Energy and Commerce Democrat and Republican members who back monograph reform are co-sponsors of Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2018, which also includes provisions largely tracking with standalone monograph reform legislation that passed the House in July, including allowing 18-month market exclusivity periods for some ingredients, formulations or indications added to a monograph.
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With a new US Congress just convening, OTC monograph reform advocates face an old problem: the need for Senate action. The House has already cleared an OTC reform measure, as part of a pandemic preparedness bill, in the first days of the legislative session.
House passes, with large bipartisan support, Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act, which includes Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and Reform Act for modernizing FDA's system overseeing vast majority of OTC drugs. Provisions would allow FDA to use administrative orders, rather than notice-and-comment rulemakings, to add ingredients, dosages, delivery formats or indications to monographs, or drugs marketed without approved applications.
Next step for OTC monograph reform legislation is Senate consideration; market exclusivity periods are likely focus of House/Senate conference. Separate bill to allow consumers to use health savings accounts to buy OTC drugs without a doctor's prescription clears House Ways and Means panel.