Early on the morning of July 25th, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation to allow the importation of prescription drugs from 26 countries with minimal oversight by the Food and Drug Administration. H.R. 2427, sponsored by Rep. Gil Gutknecht (R-Minnesota), will now be considered along with other legislation to add a prescription drug benefit to the Medicare program. As the Medicare conferees decide how to handle the importation issue, it is important to examine what consumer safety advocates and trade experts have said about the practice. Safety 1Letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin. 18 July 2003.
2Statement of Administration Policy. 23 July 2003.
3Congressional Record. 24 July 2003.
4Letter to the Editor of The Washington Post. Diane Gorman, Assistant Deputy Minister. 9 May 2003.
5Letter to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. 11 July 2003.
6Letter to House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert. 18 July 2003.
7Dear Colleague Letter. 22 July 2003.
1Letter to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Billy Tauzin. 18 July 2003.