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Old 12-15-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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In a victory for President Obama and his allies in the pharmaceutical industry, the Senate today turned aside a bid by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to make it easier to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and Western Europe -- a proposal that threatened to derail the Democrats' landmark healthcare bill.

The vote on the amendment -- cosponsored by Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- was 51-48, nine short of the 60 needed to pass.


Senate rejects importation of prescription drugs -- latimes.com

This is ridiculous. Another disappointment on health care reform.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Hoboken
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Reimportation is a bad idea on many levels not he least of which is an invitation for counterfeit medications.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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Big Pharma wins again. This is Bush-era politics redux.

Someone, anyone, tell me again about this "change" you elected in 2008?

For the life of me, I just can't see it.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:38 PM
 
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Reimportation is a bad idea on many levels not he least of which is an invitation for counterfeit medications.
Yes, I know there's a risk, but if you're in favor of less government intervention, should it really be illegal for an adult to decide he wants to order a medication from an overseas pharmacy?
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Obama is becoming Bush III. Still better than Bush II, but thats not a compliment.
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Change!

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Old 12-15-2009, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Hoboken
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Yes, I know there's a risk, but if you're in favor of less government intervention, should it really be illegal for an adult to decide he wants to order a medication from an overseas pharmacy?
I am in favor of less government intervention, not no government intervention. I believe the FDA is an example of good government intervention. Don't forget the heprin issue with importation from China. And these were approved imports just imagine all the crap that would some in under reimportation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/he...icy/22fda.html
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Old 12-15-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I am in favor of less government intervention, not no government intervention. I believe the FDA is an example of good government intervention. Don't forget the heprin issue with importation from China. And these were approved imports just imagine all the crap that would some in under reimportation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/22/he...icy/22fda.html
The FDA presents a false sense of security for Americans. Where are they when it comes to mercury in fresh fish or ecoli in spinach? The FDA is FAIL.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:01 PM
 
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The FDA presents a false sense of security for Americans. Where are they when it comes to mercury in fresh fish or ecoli in spinach? The FDA is FAIL.
The FDA has an excellent track record on drug safety. Before nut balls come crawling out of the woodwork. The FDA is not perfect, no one is. But on balance they have done an excellent job on the approval process and post marketing surveillance process.
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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The FDA has an excellent track record on drug safety. Before nut balls come crawling out of the woodwork. The FDA is not perfect, no one is. But on balance they have done an excellent job on the approval process and post marketing surveillance process.
Sorry, but the FDA is an extremely expensive bureaucracy the United States cannot afford. You can't have a massive Pentagon as well as huge federal departments.
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