S.644: PACT Act

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Sponsor Bob Casey, D-Pa.
Total Cosponsors 6 (3 Democrats, 3 Republicans)
Introduced March 21, 2013
Latest Major Action March 21, 2013
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Bill Summary

Preventing Abuse of Cough Treatments Act of 2013 or PACT Act - Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the sale or offering for sale of a drug containing dextromethorphan, and not subject to practitioner supervision requirements, to an individual under age 18, except if the sale is made: (1) pursuant to a validly issued prescription; or (2) to an individual who provides proof of being actively enrolled in the military, including a valid military identification card. Imposes civil monetary penalties that escalate upon repeated violation.

Deems to be adulterated any unfinished dextromethorphan that is possessed, received, or distributed in violation of this Act.

Prohibits a person from: (1) possessing or receiving unfinished dextromethorphan unless the person is registered with the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) as a producer of a drug or device or otherwise registered, licensed, or approved under federal or state law to engage in the pra...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 21, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.