Business Journal: State Delays Medicine Tracking System
A controversial effort to better ensure prescription drugs are safe for consumers was delayed again.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The California State Board of Pharmacy delayed the start of an electronic-tracking system of prescription drugs for two more years. Under the proposal, wholesalers, pharmacies and other companies that deal with prescription drugs would need to electronically track the medications in an effort to combat counterfeiting and increase consumer health and safety. But companies opposed the effort, claiming an electronic system would cost too much and they would not be able to meet the Jan. 1 deadline. The Legislature approved the electronic-tracking system in 2004, but delayed the deadline for the program in 2006. Now, the pharmacy board has delayed requirements twice in as many years, with a new deadline set for Jan. 1, 2011.