Health Care
12:06 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Matheson Backs Drug ID Bill

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  A bill that could make it harder to sell fake or stolen prescription drugs passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week.   Utah 4th District Congressman Jim Matheson is a co-sponsor of HR 1919, which would require a product identifier code on every container of prescription drugs sold in the United States.  Matheson says technology is readily available to track them.

“It is likely, there’s these two-dimensional or even, there’s these things called three-dimensional bar codes that will probably be the technology that does  get adopted," Matheson tells KUER.  "You can track it whether it’s on a pallet or on an individual bottle.”

The bill has bipartisan support, and Matheson says passing a bill like this could help to improve cooperation on some of the more difficult issues facing Congress.