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Opioid Bills Would Up Feds' Control Over Quotas, Imports

Law360 (March 13, 2018, 7:55 PM EDT) -- Federal lawmakers this week introduced bills to tackle the national opioid crisis, with a bipartisan group of senators pushing to give the Drug Enforcement Administration more control over manufacturing quotas and a Democratic congressman looking to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more power to block unapproved drug imports.

Monday’s Senate legislation, brought by Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and members Dick Durbin, D-Ill., John Kennedy, R-La., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., would make the DEA consider public health factors — like diversion, abuse and overdose rates — when deciding how many opioids can be made each year. As it...

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