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Friday, May 11, 2007

"Canadians Must be Dropping Dead by the Dozens"

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My Local Paper is Shrill, ShrillBlog: Dead Canadians tell no tales. Or better, there are no tales about dead Canadians:

Find the dead Canadians, A Register-Guard Editorial Published: Thursday, May 10, 2007: Here's a suggestion for a way to troubleshoot the U.S. Senate's gutting of legislation that would have allowed consumers to purchase prescription drugs from Canada and other industrialized nations: Begin with a dragnet for dead Canadians.

The bodies ought to be easy enough to find. With more than 33 million residents exposed to prescription drugs that U.S. senators believe are too dangerous to sell to Americans, Canadians must be dropping dead by the dozens while waiting in line for hockey tickets. That's reason enough for Americans to continue paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world.

Thank goodness, 49 safety-conscious members of the Senate on Monday had the courage to keep the plague of dead Canadians from spreading south into the American heartland.

OK, as far as anyone knows, no Canadians actually have died from taking Canadian prescription drugs, many of which are made in the United States and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. And the FDA acknowledges that it can't find a single American who's been harmed by taking drugs purchased from licensed Canadian pharmacies.

But that doesn't mean it couldn't happen. Still, it seemed as if the bipartisan legislation sponsored by Sens. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., and Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, took great pains to address safety concerns. ...

That wasn't enough for Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran, who added a "poison pill" amendment...

The Cochran amendment wasn't really about ensuring the safety of imported drugs. It was about protecting the profits of the powerful pharmaceutical industry, one of the biggest contributors to political campaigns. Once again, those contributions have paid off handsomely.

    Posted by on Friday, May 11, 2007 at 12:15 AM in Economics, Health Care, Policy | Permalink  TrackBack (0)  Comments (13)

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