(House of Representatives - April 12, 2016)

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[Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 55 (Tuesday, April 12, 2016)]
[Pages H1618-H1619]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                              {time}  1900

  Mr. LANCE. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to take from the 
Speaker's table the bill (S. 483) to improve enforcement efforts 
related to prescription drug diversion and abuse, and for other 
purposes, and ask for its immediate consideration in the House.
  The Clerk read the title of the bill.
  The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Hill). Is there objection to the request 
of the gentleman from New Jersey?
  There was no objection.
  The text of the bill is as follows:

                                 S. 483

       Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of 
     the United States of America in Congress assembled,


       This Act may be cited as the ``Ensuring Patient Access and 
     Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016''.


       (a) Definitions.--
       (1) Factors as may be relevant to and consistent with the 
     public health and safety.--Section 303 of the Controlled 
     Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 823) is amended by adding at the 
     end the following:
       ``(j) In this section, the phrase `factors as may be 
     relevant to and consistent with the

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     public health and safety' means factors that are relevant to 
     and consistent with the findings contained in section 101.''.
       (2) Imminent danger to the public health or safety.--
     Section 304(d) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 
     824(d)) is amended--
       (A) by striking ``(d) The Attorney General'' and inserting 
     ``(d)(1) The Attorney General''; and
       (B) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(2) In this subsection, the phrase `imminent danger to 
     the public health or safety' means that, due to the failure 
     of the registrant to maintain effective controls against 
     diversion or otherwise comply with the obligations of a 
     registrant under this title or title III, there is a 
     substantial likelihood of an immediate threat that death, 
     serious bodily harm, or abuse of a controlled substance will 
     occur in the absence of an immediate suspension of the 
       (b) Opportunity To Submit Corrective Action Plan Prior to 
     Revocation or Suspension.--Subsection (c) of section 304 of 
     the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 824) is amended--
       (1) by striking the last three sentences;
       (2) by striking ``(c) Before'' and inserting ``(c)(1) 
     Before''; and
       (3) by adding at the end the following:
       ``(2) An order to show cause under paragraph (1) shall--
       ``(A) contain a statement of the basis for the denial, 
     revocation, or suspension, including specific citations to 
     any laws or regulations alleged to be violated by the 
     applicant or registrant;
       ``(B) direct the applicant or registrant to appear before 
     the Attorney General at a time and place stated in the order, 
     but not less than 30 days after the date of receipt of the 
     order; and
       ``(C) notify the applicant or registrant of the opportunity 
     to submit a corrective action plan on or before the date of 
       ``(3) Upon review of any corrective action plan submitted 
     by an applicant or registrant pursuant to paragraph (2), the 
     Attorney General shall determine whether denial, revocation, 
     or suspension proceedings should be discontinued, or deferred 
     for the purposes of modification, amendment, or clarification 
     to such plan.
       ``(4) Proceedings to deny, revoke, or suspend shall be 
     conducted pursuant to this section in accordance with 
     subchapter II of chapter 5 of title 5, United States Code. 
     Such proceedings shall be independent of, and not in lieu of, 
     criminal prosecutions or other proceedings under this title 
     or any other law of the United States.
       ``(5) The requirements of this subsection shall not apply 
     to the issuance of an immediate suspension order under 
     subsection (d).''.


       (a) In General.--Not later than 1 year after the date of 
     enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Health and Human 
     Services, acting through the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, 
     the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health 
     Services Administration, the Director of the Agency for 
     Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Director of the 
     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in coordination 
     with the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration 
     and in consultation with the Secretary of Defense and the 
     Secretary of Veterans Affairs, shall submit a report to the 
     Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives, 
     the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the House of 
     Representatives, the Committee on the Judiciary of the 
     Senate, and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and 
     Pensions of the Senate identifying--
       (1) obstacles to legitimate patient access to controlled 
       (2) issues with diversion of controlled substances;
       (3) how collaboration between Federal, State, local, and 
     tribal law enforcement agencies and the pharmaceutical 
     industry can benefit patients and prevent diversion and abuse 
     of controlled substances;
       (4) the availability of medical education, training 
     opportunities, and comprehensive clinical guidance for pain 
     management and opioid prescribing, and any gaps that should 
     be addressed;
       (5) beneficial enhancements to State prescription drug 
     monitoring programs, including enhancements to require 
     comprehensive prescriber input and to expand access to the 
     programs for appropriate authorized users; and
       (6) steps to improve reporting requirements so that the 
     public and Congress have more information regarding 
     prescription opioids, such as the volume and formulation of 
     prescription opioids prescribed annually, the dispensing of 
     such prescription opioids, and outliers and trends within 
     large data sets.
       (b) Consultation.--The report under subsection (a) shall 
     incorporate feedback and recommendations from the following:
       (1) Patient groups.
       (2) Pharmacies.
       (3) Drug manufacturers.
       (4) Common or contract carriers and warehousemen.
       (5) Hospitals, physicians, and other health care providers.
       (6) State attorneys general.
       (7) Federal, State, local, and tribal law enforcement 
       (8) Health insurance providers and entities that provide 
     pharmacy benefit management services on behalf of a health 
     insurance provider.
       (9) Wholesale drug distributors.
       (10) Veterinarians.
       (11) Professional medical societies and boards.
       (12) State and local public health authorities.
       (13) Health services research organizations.

  The bill was ordered to be read a third time, was read the third 
time, and passed, and a motion to reconsider was laid on the table.