US Senate Passes First Monograph Reform Bill After House Passed Three
Senate's Over-the-Counter Monograph Safety, Innovation, and Reform Act goes next for consideration by House, which has had a bill by the same title on its floor for a vote since it was passed by Energy and Commerce Committee in late June.
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No one is saying that it will, but the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors is concerned that it might. The trade group is surveying its members and wider industry on COVID-19 challenges and future prospects in order to represent their interests in Washington and dissuade “uninformed cosmetics legislation.”
It’s unlikely any industry stakeholder or FDA official expected a bill providing emergency economic relief to consumers, industries and health care services and facilities in response to a pandemic, including extensive support opportunities for small businesses, would be the vehicle that delivers on both of the industry’s congressional wishes. The supplement industry also looks for help in CARES Act.
Senate pandemic economic relief legislation legislation would reform monograph drug program and allow purchases of OTC drugs with pre-tax health savings accounts. But lingering disagreements between Democrats and Republicans blocked the Senate's passage of the bill on 25 March.