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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Federal Pre-emption Of Pain Drugs

Senator Joe Manchin III
As state workers' compensation reformers continue to be sidetracked with alleged prescription drug pain-killer abuse, the US Congress has entered the fray with proposed Federal legislation. It has been reported today by Robert Pear in the NY Times today, that, "Senator Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who led the push for new controls, said it appeared that his proposal was falling victim to the financial interests of drugstores and related businesses."

It is anticipated that following the US Supreme Court decision on the pending health care legislation, prescription drugs will again gain Federal legislative attention. The issue of dispensing, costs and abuse, and legalization of medical marijuana,  will receive attention and may pre-empt state activities.