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Food and Drug Administration Reform Act of 2012

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BUCHANAN. Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank you for working with me to advance my pill mill crackdown legislation and for your commitment to curbing prescription drug abuse. This crisis has created enormous pain and suffering on our families and communities, killing tens of thousands of Americans every year--tens of thousands.

I am pleased that the Senate FDA bill contains the central component of my bill to reschedule hydrocodone combination drugs--one of the most addictive and deadly drug mixtures. By reclassifying these drugs from a schedule III to a schedule II drug, we will be making them much more difficult to obtain and abuse. This provision has the support of the medical and the law enforcement communities as well.

I look forward to working with you, Mr. Chairman, to ensure that the final bill addresses this critical issue and contains the Buchanan pill mill provision.


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