Senate Drug Importation Amendment Squashed

Law360, New York (May 8, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An effort to allow U.S. consumers to purchase prescription drugs from countries that charge lower prices suffered a blow Monday on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

The Senate voted 49-40 to require the U.S. government to certify the safety and effectiveness of drugs before they are imported, but regulators have said the process would be impossible. The effectiveness requirement made a subsequent vote to allow drug importation null and void.

The importation provision was attached to the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. Because President Bush...
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