Like a Broken Record: California Delays Pedigree Legislation

The California state assembly has passed SB 1307, a measure that sponsor Sen. Mark-Ridley Thomas says is designed to ensure patient safety, but will in actuality yet again push back the proposed compliance date for drug manufacturers and distributors to meet electronic pedigree requirements to 2015--rather than the 2011 (and 2009) previously designated. California's inability to nail down a firm compliance date and hold manufacturers' feet to the fire will certainly heighten calls for federal pedigree legislation. More to come . . . --PWT