Reps. Eshoo and Brooks Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Create a National Strategy to End U.S. Dependence on Foreign Manufacturing of Lifesaving Drugs

May 1, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18) and Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (IN-05) introduced the Prescription for American Drug Independence Act. The legislation requires the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene a committee of experts to analyze the impact of U.S. dependence on the manufacturing of lifesaving drugs and make recommendations to Congress within 90 days to ensure the U.S. has a diverse drug supply chain to adequately protect our country from natural or hostile occurrences.

“Our nation’s overreliance on the foreign production of critical drugs and their ingredients has led to drug shortages and subpar quality. The U.S. currently is dependent on China for the key ingredients in antibiotics and blood pressure medications. Our country is also dependent on foreign manufacturing of our supply of generic drugs, which represents up to 90% of the prescriptions that Americans take,” said Chairwoman Eshoo. “Our fragile supply chain has long been a problem, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s now an emergency. The U.S. must have a national strategy to eliminate foreign dependence for critical drugs and with it, Congress can move quickly to act on the recommendations of the experts.”

“The United States has long been dependent on foreign drug manufacturers with potentially severe consequences for our domestic supply chains and ingredients for components of our pharmaceutical products, especially during this pandemic,” said Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks. “Whether we’ve experienced drug shortages or supply chain disruptions, we recognize there is a huge issue and Congress must work to fix it. This bipartisan legislation will take rapid steps to ensure the United States has better visibility into our own pharmaceutical supply chain.” 

The Prescription for American Drug Independence Act would direct the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to:

  • Convene a committee of experts to examine the drug supply chain, including the sourcing and manufacturing of drugs.
  • Submit the expert committee’s analysis and recommendations to the Congress within 90 days.