Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Tobacco Bill Giving FDA Regulatory Authority Progresses in Senate
As a follow-up to Byron's earlier post on the pending bill to give the FDA regulatory authority over tobacco products, here's a link to the Associated Press story and to the bill itself. The bill responds to the Supreme Court's opinion in FDA v. Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp., 529 U.S. 120 (2000), which held that the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act did not give the FDA authority to regulate tobacco products. Accordingly, the FDA could not promulgate regulations governing tobacco companies' advertising, labeling, or accessibility. A similar bill passed in the House on April 2, 2009, and it is currently under consideration by the Senate.