Sen. Burr as Rip Van Winkle

Senator Burr: Rip Van Winkle Performance on Drug Importation, Owes Italy an Apology 

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 […]

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Return of the MEDS Act? Colorado Seeks Drug Imports Beyond Canada

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.

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