Approves McClellan as New Medicare Chief
12 , 2004
The Senate approved FDA chief Mark McClellan's nomination to head
Medicare on Friday, after the vote was delayed over concerns about
his opposition to legalizing the importation of prescription drugs.
Chief McClellan Testifies on Drug Importation Concerns
11 , 2004
The Food and Drug Administration commissioner and White House
nominee to run Medicare, Mark McClellan, reiterated his concerns
about drug importation during a contentious Senate hearing Thursday,
but said the agency would examine whether the practice could be
legalized without jeopardizing patient safety.
Residents Sue FDA as Importation Debate Heats Up
The governor of Illinois Thursday backed a lawsuit against the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration to overturn the ban on buying
prescription drugs from Canada.
to Request Waiver to Buy Drugs from Canada
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich announced Monday he would ask the
federal government for a waiver granting his state permission
to purchase prescription drugs from Canada.
New Hampshire to Begin Buying Cheaper Drugs from Canada
and New Hampshire announced Tuesday they will begin buying prescription
drugs from Canada even though it is illegal. They will join the
city of Springfield, Mass., which now has the only government
program to import cheaper drugs from Canada.
Says Most Drug Imports in Recent Sweep May Be Unsafe
Food and Drug Administration said a recent crackdown on drug imports
into the United States -- that revealed nearly 90 percent were
unapproved and potentially dangerous -- further proves its stance
that restrictions on importing drugs should not be relaxed.
Urges FDA to Allow States to Buy Drugs from Canada
Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Thursday that he would push for federal
legislation that would allow states to buy cheaper prescription
drugs from Canada and called on the Food and Drug Administration
to back states that are moving toward reimporting drugs.
Cracks Down on Drug Reimportation
than two weeks after the House passed a bill that would let U.S.
consumers buy medicine at lower prices from Canada, Pfizer moved
to prevent reimportation of its drugs.
Passes Drug Importation Bill
of Representatives early Friday morning approved a bill allowing
Americans to purchase drugs imported from approved industrialized
countries. Susan Dentzer reports on passage of the bill and its
chances of being enacted into law.