Letter from 53 Senators Opposed to Importation

Dear Chairman Thomas, Tauzin and Grassley:

As conference begins on reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of Medicare prescription drug legislation, we urge you to maintain the strong safety requirements pertaining to importation of drugs that are in both bills. As you know, both the House and Senate passed legislation to provide Medicare beneficiaries with a perscription drug benefit and improve access to more affordable generic drugs for all Americans. We feel it is unnecessary to change current law and deny the authority of the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to decide whether drug importation is safe and cost-effective.