Senate votes to lift ban on imported prescription drugs
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- With the rising cost of medicine emerging as a political issue on the campaign trail, the Senate Wednesday voted 74-21 to allow the importation and sale of prescription drugs from other countries.
The measure, attached to the annual spending bill for the Agriculture Department, faced stiff opposition from the pharmaceutical industry, which raised safety concerns about imported prescriptions drugs.
The House of Representatives has already approved a similar measure, and a compromise bill will have to be crafted before the legislation reaches the White House for consideration.
Prodded by senior citizens frustrated by the cost of rising medicine, lawmakers have been wrestling with this issue for months. Senior citizens have banded together in caravans to travel to Canada and Mexico to buy their prescription drugs, where they are much cheaper.
Wednesday, July 19, 2000