WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, and Bill Posey, R-Fla., today introduced the Safe Medicine Act, bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing America’s use of foreign pharmaceuticals.
Ryan says that tens of millions of Americans who depend on life-saving medications could be at risk of receiving tainted medicine from countries such as China that do not abide by U.S. laws, according to a news release.
“The coronavirus serves as a timely reminder of our growing dependence on foreign countries, such as China, for our pharmaceuticals,” Ryan said in the release. “Today, 80 percent of U.S. pharmaceutical ingredients come from overseas. This poses a grave national security threat to Americans. It is extremely dangerous for our nation to be dependent on other countries for life-saving medications."
The Safe Medicine Act would:
- Direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to study the U.S.’s dependence on Chinese pharmaceuticals;
- Direct HHS to provide recommendations for weaning Americans off dependence;
- Authorize the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue black-box warnings informing consumers of any risk they are taking when using pharmaceuticals from countries with systemic issues of supervision.