What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : The Chronically Ill : S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Allow Importation of Canadian Drugs if Those Drugs are Certified as Safe. (2003 senate Roll Call 232)
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S. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to Allow Importation of Canadian Drugs if Those Drugs are Certified as Safe.
senate Roll Call 232     Jun 20, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

On the whole, Canadian prescription drugs are less expensive than identical drugs sold in America. U.S. trade laws, however, forbid U.S. companies from purchasing those Canadian drugs and, as a result, U.S. citizens are forced to buy U.S. drugs at inflated prices. In response, many individuals in recent years have crossed the border into Canada for the sole purpose of purchasing less-expensive prescription drugs. Individuals who require costly prescription drugs on a daily basis have saved thousands of dollars though these Canadian drug excursions. In a effort to make Canadian drugs more readily available to seniors, Senator Dorgan (D-ND) offered an amendment to legalize the importation of prescription drugs from Canada. Progressives supported Dorgan's plan as a way to reduce prescription drug prices and guard against alleged price-gouging by U.S. drug manufacturers. To obtain the necessary votes for passage, however, a provision was inserted into Dorgan's proposal which required the Secretary of Health and Human Services to certify that Canadian prescription drugs pose no threat to public safety. The effect of this provision will be to delay the importation of Canadian drugs for years, possibly decades, until funding can be allocated and research conducted into the safety of Canadian drugs. With the inclusion of this provision, the weakened Dorgan amendment passed on a 62-28 vote.

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