Energy and Commerce Committee Investigates Imported or Domestic Pill Press Machines, Requests Details From DEA – APhA submits compounding comments to FDA. – (866) 348-2889
The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce is investigating the problem of imported or domestic illicit pill presses that can produce thousands of pills an hour. In a recent letter to DEA Acting Administrator, the Committee asks for more detailed information about pill press machine commerce and seizure data. During an October 2017 full Committee hearing, questions were raised whether DEA needed additional authorities to help the agency improve its enforcement actions against pill presses.
At a March 2017 hearing before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, DEA stated that traffickers of fentanyl and fentanyl analogues ship industrial pill presses directly into the US from China and operate fentanyl pill press mills domestically. Although DEA must be notified of the importation of a pill press under US law, foreign pill press vendors often mislabel the equipment or send it disassembled to avoid law enforcement detection. Additionally, industrial pill press machines are widely available on the internet.