OTC Monograph Reform Emerges In Senate Proposal For Covid-19 Economic Relief
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.
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NPA asks Congress to include supplements in legislation defining "medical expenses” covered by pre-tax health savings accounts. The trade group says industry would prefer supplements were included with OTC drugs in provision in recently passed COVID-19 relief legislation that changed pre-tax account rules.
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.