Congress May Allow Imported Drugs

1 decade 2 years 10 months ago Thursday, November 23 2006 Nov 23, 2006 Thursday, November 23, 2006 7:40:01 PM CST November 23, 2006 in News
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WASHINGTON - Representative Jo Ann Emerson believes efforts to allow Americans access to cheaper prescription drugs from abroad will have a "fighting chance" in the new Congress. The Missouri Republican has sponsored previous reimportation legislation. She believes even without a veto-proof majority in Congress, there is a chance that a measure will pass. The issue is overwhelmingly popular with voters, even though the government says it would do little to cut the price of prescription drugs. Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi has made cheaper prescription drugs part of her immediate plans for the House. But the Democrat from California is more focused on negotiating lower prices with drug companies for Medicare beneficiaries. The same goes for Senator Harry Reid, the next Senate majority leader. There is also opposition to imported drugs. The FDA says it can't vouch for the safety of the drugs while the drug industry opposes such legislation.

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