Summary: H.R.5290 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Failed of passage in House (09/19/1984)

(Measure failed of passage in House, roll call #401 (55-355))

Compassionate Pain Relief Act - Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish a 48-month program under which parenteral diacetylmorphine shall be made available through hospital and hospice pharmacies for the relief of pain from terminal cancer (as defined by this Act).

Directs the Secretary to provide for the manufacture of such drug.

Permits physicians registered under the Controlled Substances Act to prescribe such drug.

States that for purposes of such program the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and titles II and III of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 shall not apply with respect to: (1) the importing of opium; and (2) the manufacture, distribution, and dispensing of parenteral diacetylmorphine.

Requires: (1) the Secretary to make program reports and pain management and related National Institutes of Health research reports to specified congressional committees; and (2) the Comptroller General of the United States to make a three-year program report to the appropriate congressional committees.