Tuesday, December 15, 2009

U.S. Senate Says No Affordable Drugs for Americans

The U.S. Senate has rejected a plan to import low-price prescription drugs from Canada. And that would be because the millionaires in the U.S. Senate have no need of cheap drugs. So the millionaire senators decree that ordinary Americans don't get cheap drugs either. After all, tax payers and big PHARMA support the prescription drug habits of the U.S. Senate. As a former Canadian resident, I have to confess that when it comes to accessing health care and prescription drugs, crossing the border from the U.S. to Canada feels like crossing the border out of hell:

The Senate voted 51-48 rejecting a plan to import low-price prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. The amendment was put forth by North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan (r).

Importing prescription drugs for personal use is a violation of federal law. Dorgan’s amendment would have lifted the ban, allowing access to low-cost medicines from developed countries where the government limits drug prices.