2004-09-30 01:00:17 UTC
lower-priced, FDA-approved medicines from Canada. His administration
has claimed those prescription drugs would be unsafe, and is working to
block a vote on bipartisan Senate legislation to make reimportation
legal. But as a new drug industry whistleblower notes, the scare
tactics are dishonest and untrue.
Dr. Peter Rost, vice-president of marketing for the pharmaceutical
company Pfizer, recently came out and debunked the White House's
argument, saying reimportation "has been proven to be safe in Europe"
and that "The safety issue is a made-up story." Rost's comments are
consistent with the Bush administration's own FDA officials who have
been unable to provide any evidence that medicines from Canada are
President Bush's opposition to reimportation is backed by the drug
industry - the same special interest that has donated lavishly to the
GOP. According to the non-profit watchdog Public Campaign, the drug
industry has given Republican candidates more than $36 million since
1999. President Bush has raked in more than $418,000 from the
pharmaceutical industry, and lists many drug industry executives and
lobbyists as his top fundraisers.
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