On Tuesday, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a bill (HR 4095) that calls for the development of a registry of safe online pharmacies, The Hill's "Healthwatch" reports.
Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) is cosponsoring the measure, which aims to help consumers avoid illegal online pharmacies and websites that sell counterfeit drugs.
Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) are sponsoring a similar Senate bill (S 2002).
Cassidy's office said that pharmacies, Google and several other stakeholders support the measure.
Cassidy hopes to attach the legislation to an FDA reauthorization bill that Congress will need to pass by September (Baker, "Healthwatch," The Hill, 2/29).