Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is speedy for a senator.
Portman was the fastest U.S. senator competing in the ACLI Capital Challenge, a three-mile race benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. The race brings together members of Congress, the media, the military and the executive branch. Portman ran with members of his staff.
Ohio No. 1 state impacted by Russian adoption ban
The Ohio delegation has sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to help them find a solution for a small number of Russian orphans who are in the final stages of the adoption process but have been unable to have their adoptions completed due to the Russian adoption ban.
Ohio is home to the highest number of families affected by this ban, said Portman, who led the delegation letter.
The delegation urges Obama to “seek a prompt resolution when you meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G8 Summit in June” in order to “find a humanitarian solution for these children and these families.”
The letter also points out that children and families are suffering because of the ban.
“The orphans affected by this ban are vulnerable and without families or homes in Russia,” they wrote. “Many of these children have a disability that requires medical care that they are not receiving in Russia. These children are loved by and have come to know the American parents who want to welcome them into their homes and provide a life filled with promise.”
Bill introduced to protect against counterfeit drugs
Rep. Bob Latta has introduced a bill aimed at protecting American families against counterfeit pharmaceuticals. It’s co-sponsored by Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah.
Latta, R-Bowling Green, said the bill would protect the nation’s pharmaceutical distribution supply chain. Current standards for the pharmaceutical distribution supply chain vary by state. This bill would create a national standard of tracing requirements for manufacturers wholesale distributors, pharmacies and repackagers. The bill also creates a process between the Food and Drug Administration and stakeholders to study how better to secure the pharmaceutical supply chain.
“When an individual takes a prescribed medication they should have full confidence that the medication is real and will not impose harm,” he said.The FDA has issued three warnings about counterfeit drugs over the past year, including drugs intended for cancer patients.
Over the past year, the FDA has issued three warnings that counterfeit drugs, including those intended for cancer patients, had infiltrated our nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain, potentially reaching some of our nation’s sickest patients.
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