Favoring Big Pharma profits over NJ consumers and rational health care reform, Launtenberg and Menendez voted against an amendment:
The drug importation amendment to the health reform bill, which would have saved the government and consumers billions of dollars by allowing prescription purchases from Canada and elsewhere, was killed in the Senate late Tuesday with an assist from the FDA letter. The 51-48 vote fell short of the 60 votes needed.
The letter from FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg that raised the specter of “significant safety concerns” not fully addressed in the amendment was seized on by opponents of the measure. “This is a matter of life or death,” pleaded Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). (We’ve posted the letter here.)
Perhaps worse, some argue that the Obama White House politically intervened and used independent FDA to kill it: