Marino Acclaimed with Rx Safety & Healthcare Leadership Award
Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino, PA-10, Lycoming County was presented with the Healthcare Distribution Management Association’s Rx Safety and Healthcare Leadership Award (or Rx Award). The award honors public officials for their leadership and commitment to policies that promote the safe and efficient delivery of medicines to pharmacies, healthcare providers and their patients.
HDMA also honored Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Judy Chu (D-Calif.) with the award – all of whom sponsored H.R. 471- the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015. The bill, which was approved on February 4 by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, aims to combat the inappropriate use of prescription medicines by encouraging greater collaboration, communication and transparency between pharmaceutical distributors, other supply chain stakeholders and regulators — especially the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Marino said the following after receiving the award:
“This is an honor to be sure and I am proud of the work my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, have accomplished thus far. However, there is still a great deal of work to be done. Prescription drug abuse by illegitimate means is a growing and serious public health problem across the country but it should never come at the expense of interrupted prescription access for patients who need medicine. I am so proud we achieved this solution and thank the support of my colleagues and HDMA.”
HDMA President and CEO John M. Gray said the following regarding the legislation and the award’s recipients:
“Reps. Marino, Blackburn, Welch and Chu have demonstrated bipartisan legislative leadership to curb the growth of prescription drug abuse and diversion while also ensuring that millions of legitimate patients have uninterrupted access to their prescription medicines. HDMA looks forward to continuing to collaborate with our legislative champions in the House as well as the Senate to secure passage of this legislation in the 114th Congress.”