Senators Reject Drug Importation Measure

Law360, New York (December 15, 2009, 7:01 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday narrowly rejected a proposed amendment to the health care reform bill that would have allowed the reimportation of lower-cost prescription drugs into the United States, amid mounting debate over the practice.

The proposal by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., to add language to the bill that would allow drug reimportation fell nine votes short of the 60 needed to pass the measure, with 48 votes lobbed against the amendment, according to the Senate.

Meanwhile, a competing proposal by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.,...
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