Congressman Biggs Introduces the Prescription Freedom Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Biggs introduced the Prescription Freedom Act, which would eliminate federal prescribing requirements within six months of enactment, while maintaining important pro-life protections. Congressman Biggs offered the following statement:
“When it comes to healthcare reforms, I have long been a champion of freedom. In 2018, I was honored to watch President Trump sign my Right to Try Act into law, which granted critically ill patients access to potentially life-saving medications that are safe but have not gone through the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) entire multi-year review process. More recently, I introduced legislation to eliminate burdensome FDA oversight of emerging medical technologies.
“Now I want to eliminate federal control over prescribing. For over eighty years, we have been operating under the nanny-state mentality that Washington bureaucrats know what drug choices are best for patients. But as the coronavirus pandemic has shown, that clearly isn’t the case.
“Even if we think beyond the coronavirus, there is no reason to believe that federal prescribing requirements are inherently beneficial to patients. If federal prescribing requirements are eliminated, patients will almost certainly continue to consult with doctors before taking any potentially risky medications; for their part, the pharmaceutical companies will continue to be incentivized to produce the best-possible and most transparent warning labels to protect their reputations and limit any potential liability. The difference will be that there will be fewer lawyers, lobbyists, and bureaucrats delaying access, driving up costs, and limiting choice.
“Instead, I want patients and consumers to benefit as much as possible from an open marketplace. And if any challenges remain, my bill will not preclude states from legislating to meet local needs.”
Congressman Andy Biggs is a second-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees. He lives with his wife, Cindy, in Gilbert.