Prescription Drug Reimportation Amendment Fails Again in Senate

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 1:50 pm

The Senate has spent the day on a must-pass FDA bill that reauthorizes a user fee from drug companies to finance FDA operations, in addition to making other changes to how the FDA deals with drug shortages. The bill is primed for passage in the House, so if it can get through the Senate without [...]

Brian Schweitzer Seeks Waiver To Import Drugs To Montana From Canada

By: Wednesday March 31, 2010 12:37 pm

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has always been right at the forefront of the drug re-importation debate. In previous runs for Governor he highlighted the issue by actually busing senior citizens into Canada to purchase cheaper pills. A few weeks ago, Schweitzer sent a letter to the HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, calling for a waiver to [...]

Dorgan Basically Adding To The Hold On Ben Bernanke

By: Thursday January 7, 2010 6:40 am

Last night, Byron Dorgan gave his first interview since announcing his retirement, and in that appearance with Ed Schultz, he made two policy vows. First, he said that he would pursue his bill to allow for the safe reimportation of prescription drugs from abroad, and that he would get it passed in 2010: DORGAN: Well, [...]

Obama Campaigned On Lots Of Things Not Reflected In Health Care Bills

By: Wednesday December 23, 2009 8:01 am

The fallout over President Obama’s comment that he did not campaign on the public option continued today. FDL’s slinkerwink found video evidence of the President discussing a “public plan” in 2007, ironically as part of a presentation to Planned Parenthood about reproductive care. In it, he claimed that reproductive care was basic care and that [...]

White House Commits To Drug Reimportation In The Future

By: Monday December 21, 2009 8:21 am

After the White House helped scuttle a vote on drug reimportation in the Senate to comply with a backroom deal with the pharmaceutical industry, senior adviser to the President David Axelrod promised that they would take up reimportation at a later date. Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” David Axelrod, Obama’s top political aide, [...]

Top Obama Political Aides Alternately Insult, Rally Liberal Base

By: Friday December 18, 2009 7:15 am

David Axelrod and Nancy-Ann DeParle led a conference call with liberal bloggers last night. To my knowledge, nobody at FDL was informed of the call – I guess we’ve been “frozen out” – but there’s an audio recording of it available at C&L. There are a lot of interesting claims in the call, but there [...]

Dorgan Exploring Mystery Of Who Killed His Reimportation Legislation

By: Thursday December 17, 2009 1:16 pm

Sen. Byron Dorgan is unhappy that his amendment to the Senate health care bill on reimportation, which at one point appeared to have the votes for passage, failed after a late intervention from the Democratic leadership to preserve a deal with the drug industry. But Dorgan goes much further in pointing fingers specifically at the [...]

Dorgan Amendment Slashed After Last-Minute PhRMa Deal PhRMa Hasn’t Agreed To

By: Wednesday December 16, 2009 12:20 pm

Ryan Grim has a good tick-tock on the failure of the Dorgan amendment last night, delivering a huge victory for the pharmaceutical industry and a blow to consumers who could have saved over $100 billion in prescription drug costs. 30 Democrats and Joe Lieberman ended up voting against this amendment, preserving a backroom deal between [...]

Here Comes The Strangling Of The Dorgan Reimportation Amendment

By: Tuesday December 15, 2009 1:32 pm

One of the last amendments that will be allowed on the Senate floor, and really the only one that will be able to improve the bill, is Byron Dorgan’s amendment to import prescription drugs from Canada and abroad. This amendment would destroy the backroom deal between the pharmaceutical industry and the White House, and so [...]

Where We’re At On The Lieberman Health Care Industry Profit Protection Act Of 2009

By: Tuesday December 15, 2009 5:00 am

After last night’s epic cave-in on the Lieberman health care bill, I thought I’d just give a big-picture view of where we’re at right now: • As has been reported everywhere, Lieberman basically got everything he wanted with staggering speed. While there are no specific lists of what’s now in the bill and what’s out, [...]

Dorgan Does Right Thing, Holds Up Senate Health Care Debate Until He Gets Reimportation Vote

By: Friday December 11, 2009 1:16 pm

The big story here is not that the White House wants to crush Byron Dorgan’s reimportation amendment and hold up their deal with Big PhRMa – that’s been clear for a while. The big news is that Dorgan’s fighting back: The White House, aided by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), is working hard to crush an [...]

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