Why Won’t Snowe Use Her BFF Status with Obama to Get Americans Cheaper Drugs?

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 3:30 pm

For almost a year, President Obama has spent countless hours trying to woo Olympia Snowe to support heath care reform. He has been willing to bend over backwards to give in to almost every one of her demands. It is very unfortunate that Snowe decided to use her new-found power for evil instead of good.

 

FDA Letter Warns of Safety Concerns With Re-Importation of Prescription Drugs

By: Wednesday December 9, 2009 1:00 pm

The FDA says the reimportation of drugs into this country from Canada and other developed nations would be “difficult to implement” and “resource-intensive,” and would involve “significant safety concerns.” Republicans have already cost Americans $20 billion or so just in the past couple years obstructing reimportation, which should be the law of the land already. You’d think the president would find an FDA commissioner who’d fix this.

Reining in Big Pharma: Taking Away the Marketing Tax Deduction

By: Thursday October 22, 2009 5:40 pm

Karen Tumulty and Michael Scherer wrote a very depressing story about how the pharmaceutical industry got its way in the health care debate. While the public has focused on the insurance industry’s fight against reform, the drugmakers have actually spent more (about $600,000 a day), and gotten more for their money. Their deal with the White House and the Senate Finance Committee will give them extended patent protection on the most expensive drugs (12 years for biologics, rather than 5), while ensuring that past deals not to have the government bargain for lower drug prices or import cheaper drugs from foreign countries remained intact.

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