Senators stand up for affordable medicine
We’ve been rallying our base of supporters in the last months to make some noise to help counter the FDA’s proposed rule to allow for the seizure and destruction of personally imported medicine. Thank you for to those who have taken action! You have sent letters to newspapers, senators, and other government officials—and your efforts are paying off!
In particular, a few legislators have taken note. In our last email, we mentioned that Senator Vitter (R-LA) has offered an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill to de-fund the FDA’s regulation. He also wrote a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg regarding the proposed rule and issued a press statement on the issue, here’s an excerpt:
“The FDA is proposing a completely arbitrary seizure and destruction of reimported prescription drugs,” Vitter said. “This FDA rule has likely been influenced by Big Pharma, who have long opposed my efforts to provide much cheaper options for prescription drugs. Millions of low-income Americans have been forced to stop filling prescriptions due to high costs, but safely buying prescription drugs from approved vendors brings them some necessary relief.”
Senators Chuck Grassley, Dean Heller and Angus King Jr. also signed on to Sen. Vitter’s letter to Commissioner Hamburg.
In a slightly different but related vein, Senators Klobuchar and McCain are sponsoring S. 2549, the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2014, legislation to require the Secretary of Health & Human Services to create rules to allow drug importation from Canada. The Secretary would be tasked with creating a list of approved Canadian pharmacies that would be available to consumers via the FDA website. More about this bill.
In a news release from Sen. Klobuchar’s office, she says: “This bipartisan bill would make a commonsense fix and allow individuals to import safe, low-cost prescription drugs from Canada, injecting new competition into the U.S. pharmaceutical market and bringing down costs for families.”
With the election cycle approaching we’ll be calling on you to help garner support for these efforts. We’ll need help:
- Educating both incumbents and their challengers on the fact that millions of Americans safely utilize drug importation .
- Finding out whether the candidates will support the efforts of Senators Vitter, Klobuchar, and McCain.
We hope we can count on your assistance moving forward!