July 24, 2012

Is Big Pharma Using A Front Group To Exact Revenge On Cheap Drugs Advocate Denny Rehberg?

One of the biggest rip-offs the U.S. government enforces is a ban on cheap pharmaceutical drugs from Canada. Americans are barred from buying perfectly safe pharmaceutical drugs from Canada that can be 20 to 80 percent cheaper than American drugs.

Conservative organizations like the Cato Institute and progressive lawmakers like former Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) have long advocated for ending this ban and having free trade in pharmaceutical drugs. It would mean cheaper drugs for Americans and more funding for drugmakers and a health care system that can better regulate costs.

But the American pharmaceutical industry is incredibly powerful, and uses its …

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June 30, 2012

VIDEO: McCain Denounces Big Pharma Lobbyists Who Just Killed Cheaper Drugs Again

Imagine you could get pharmaceutical drugs for twenty to eighty percent cheaper. If you’re someone with multiple prescriptions, that could save you thousands of dollars every year.

The thing is, you can. Or, you could, if you were allowed to import safe pharmaceutical drugs from Canada. But you’re not, because the U.S. government bars you from doing so. Why? Mostly because the drug industry lobby — led by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) — opposes this sort of free trade that would lower drug prices (and Pharma’s profits). PhRMA even strong-armed President Obama into opposing reimportation thanks to its …

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June 26, 2012

VIDEO: Grover Norquist Struggles To Explain Taking Big Pharma Money, His Fannie Mae Lobbying Past

Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) head Grover Norquist is one of the most powerful men in Washington. His anti-tax pledge has won over hundreds of elected officials, and he regularly gets meetings with powerbrokers in D.C.

But there’s one thing even he’s afraid of. And that’s answering questions about how his organization gets cash from Big Pharma while opposing drug reimportation and his past work lobbying for Fannie Mae.

My colleague Lee Fang and I approached Norquist at an event where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke recently about why he believes there should be little to …

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April 19, 2012
Jim Davidson

Pharmaceutical Industry Hires Up Super-Lobbyist To Defend Special Tax Break

We’ve all seen them. Television commercials from Big Pharma promising love and happiness if we take the products being advertised. Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, a former 10 year Pharma sales rep, in 2009 explained how the industry manipulates consumers with its advertising: “We’ve seen the industry medicalizing so many different things throughout your life. If you’re shy, take a pill. If you’re a little anxious take a pill.” Watch her explain how the industry advertises:

 

It’s true that medical drugs are an important component in the American health care system, but the commercials pushed by big drugmakers are sometimes incredibly deceptive, despite reaching millions …

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February 28, 2012
Rep. Doug Cox (R)

Oklahoma Republican Representative Says “Blood Money” From Drug Industry Killed Anti-Meth Bill

Republic Report earlier reported that the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), an industry group representing over the counter drug makers, spent a whopping $194,957.76 in Kentucky in January alone lobbying against stricter regulations on the sales of certain cold medicines that can be used to produce methamphetamine.

The CHPA is also lobbying heavily in Oklahoma, and scored a victory earlier this week when the House Public Health Committee there defeated a bill along a 7-6 vote that would’ve enacted regulations similar to the ones Kentucky legislators are proposing. Rep. Doug Cox (R), a supporter of the bill, …

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