The U.S. House and Senate have passed separate versions of the Prescription Drug User Fee Amendments Act of 2012 and the bills now move to a joint conference committee to hash out a final version.

The Premier provider alliance has sent a letter of recommendations to conference committee leaders. The organization strongly supports a House provision to enable health care systems to repackage drugs in shortage and distribute them to affiliate hospitals. It also applauds both bills requiring implementation of a unique device identifier system, but asks for hard deadlines and firm requirements for implementation as soon as possible. Other suggestions:

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