This past June, during a debate in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), the committee’s Ranking Member, demonstrated that he does not understand very important developments in our nation’s approach to drug regulation and safety. It was almost as if Sen. Burr had fallen asleep over 20 years ago and woke […]
For the past decade, I’ve written extensively about my view that pharma-funded organizations and initiatives are responsible for misleading Americans about the safety of buying more affordable prescription drugs over the Internet for import from Canada and other countries. Most of that writing was on PharmacyCheckerBlog – but periodically it shows up in national media, […]
Yesterday, former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was narrowly confirmed (50-49) by the U.S. Senate to become Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Congratulations! Before he was AG, he was Congressman Becerra. And as Kaiser Health News reminded us in January, Rep. Becerra (D-CA) voted for the “Canadian drug importation law” in […]
This past week, to lower drug costs, a bill was introduced in the Colorado legislature – SENATE BILL 21-123 – to allow drug imports from countries other than Canada. Colorado, which passed a law in 2019 allowing drug importation from Canada, apparently wants access to even lower cost drugs than Canada can offer. It’s also a way to address the real obstacle that Canada’s population is only 11% the size of the U.S. population and excess drugs supplies are limited. State of Reform does a nice job covering this bill, but this post gives some underlying and important history.