Alexander Votes to Allow Importation of Cheaper, FDA-Approved Medications

Posted on December 15, 2009

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement following his vote in favor of the Dorgan-McCain amendment to the Reid health care bill which would allow the importation of lower-priced prescription drugs, as long as they are first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

“For too long Americans have paid more for brand-name drugs than anyone else in the world. This amendment is not perfect, but if we give the FDA all the tools it needs, I believe it can be implemented safely.”

The Dorgan-McCain amendment won 51 votes, but fell short of the 60-vote threshold that was required for Senate passage.