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Importation defeated on Capitol Hill

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December 15, 2009

In key votes tonight on the Senate floor, proposals to allow importation of pharmaceutical products were defeated. One amendment, proposed by Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D–SD), garnered 51 votes but needed 60 votes to pass. A second version, from New Jersey Democrat Frank R. Lautenberg, also fell short with 56 votes in support.

APhA supported changes in the Lautenberg bill that, if the amendment had passed, would have required "certification" of products and thereby protected our patients. From our founding, product safety and integrity has always been a core value of APhA. We will continue to support that.