"Big Brother" Prescription Tracking System Proposed


May 2, 2013


Tracking is a favorite federal activity. Two bills in Congress would create prescription-tracking systems, ostensibly to identify and locate counterfeit drugs: a bipartisan 85-page House bill and a bipartisan 107-page Senate bill.

The Senate bill would track every unit of every medication. Bloomberg's BNA report calls it a "National Drug Track-and-Trace System." Every transaction, every change in ownership would have to be reported to the electronic federal tracking system.

According to its authors, the Senate bill would replace a "patchwork of state product tracing laws with a strong, uniform standard that would ultimately result in electronic, interoperable unit level product tracing for the entire country." In this one statement, the authors state their intention to quash state laws, require state compliance with a federal standard, and initiate a national surveillance system for all medication - and the patients that take them.

This doesn't sound like the bell of freedom ringing. The U.S. Constitution has strict limits on federal laws to prevent laws like the one proposed. The Tenth Amendment specifies, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

Too often, members of Congress dismiss the Tenth Amendment as though the Founders made a mistake or didn't really mean it. Considering all the bills they pass to preempt state law, they may think state legislatures are obstructive and state government is in place simply to impose federal laws.

Real-time 24/7 government tracking is their goal. The FDA says they need "to be able to find drugs wherever they are in the supply chain." But Timothy Davis, a pharmacist, provided written testimony saying he believes the drug supply "is largely safe and secure." He said pharmacists are concerned about "any system that would require each individual unit of medication to be electronically scanned upon arrival in a pharmacy due to the capital outlays that would be required and the time and labor costs associated with such a system."

Like the so-called federal HIPAA "privacy" rule -- which nationalized sweeping access to private patient data -- every national system solidifies federal power over health care. These bipartisan prescription-tracking bills not been formally introduced. They have no file numbers yet. But there's no time like the present to tell your members of Congress what you think about a national drug tracking and tracking system.

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Working with you for freedom,

Twila Brase, RN, PHN
President and Co-founder
Citizens' Council for Health Freedom