Legislative Solutions

Hope Beyond Hope helped to craft a Good Samaritan resolution sponsored by Congressmen Cohen (D-TN) and Farr (D-AZ) in 2010....

 

 

Expressing support for the charitable collection and Good Samaritan distribution to uninsured, low-income Americans of Food and Drug Administration-approved, medically-appropriate, non-expired, non-narcotic prescription medications by non-profit organizations licensed to dispense such medications.

 

 

 

Whereas millions of Americans are uninsured or underinsured;

Whereas millions of Americans struggle daily to manage their health including serious chronic diseases like asthma, diabetes,heart disease, cancer, stroke, and arthritis;

Whereas over 100,000,000 Americans have incomes below 200 percent of the Federal poverty level and cannot afford essential medications;

Whereas billions of dollars worth of in-date, usable medicine is unnecessarily wasted in the United States health care system each year; and

Whereas pharmaceutical manufacturers’ humanitarianism and philanthropy expresses itself in billions of dollars annually in medication that assists low-income Americans:

 

 

Now, therefore, be it resolved, That the House of Representatives—

 

(1) encourages pharmaceutical manufacturers, health care professionals, and institutions providing health care to make charitable donations of Food and Drug Administration-approved, medically-appropriate, non-expired, non-narcotic prescription medications to non-profit organizations whose primary mission is to fill prescriptions for low-income Americans;

 

(2) supports exempting pharmaceutical companies from civil or criminal liability arising from the donation of medications that the pharmaceutical companies donate in good faith to non-profit organizations for ultimate distribution to needy individuals, assuming there is no gross negligence or intentional misconduct on the part of the pharmaceutical company; and

 

(3) encourages the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to convene a working group of appropriate officers and employees of the Department of Health and Human Services to develop plans to facilitate the creation and operation of non-profit organizations able to achieve the goals of this resolution.