Take Action: Ask Congress to empower FDA to protect our frontline workers
Grant FDA the unequivocal power to destroy counterfeit medical devices like the fake N95 masks that have been flooding the country.
Since the shortage in N95 masks began, Customs and Border Protection and FDA agents have been regularly seizing shipments of these counterfeits as they come into the country. Agents who seize counterfeit medicines have the authority to destroy them, but because of regulatory inconsistencies, they do not always have the authority to destroy fake medical devices. Sometimes they have to return them to the sender, which means that the device can be mailed again and again until inspectors miss it and it gets to its destination.
Three members of Congress recently introduced HR5663, “The Safeguarding Therapeutics Act” which would give the FDA unequivocal power to seize and destroy counterfeit medical devices like fake masks and fake test kits.
What you can do:
The Partnership for Safe Medicines recently endorsed this legislation, and you should, too. Write to your members of Congress using the form at the top right and tell them the FDA should have the unequivocal power to destroy counterfeit medical devices
Background / resources
- H.R. 5663 The Safeguarding Therapeutics Act
- Partnership for Safe Medicines' Letter of Support, August 3, 2020
- Our May 27, 2020 #covidscams episode examines this issue
- PSM Policy Resolution on Counterfeit Device Destruction, May 8, 2020