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S Amdt 2107 - Authorizes Import of FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada - National Key Vote


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Title: Authorizes Import of FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada

Amendment - Amendment Rejected (Senate) (43-54) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Import of FDA-Approved Drugs from Canada

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to adopt an amendment to S 3187 that authorizes individuals to import FDA-approved prescription drugs from approved Canadian pharmacies.

  • Authorizes individuals to import prescription drugs into the United States from approved Canadian pharmacies if the pharmacies comply with the following regulations:
    • The pharmacy uses a valid prescription that is issued by a practicing, licensed physician in the United States;
    • THe pharmacy purchases a prescription drug that has the same active ingredient or ingredients, route of administration, dosage form, and strength as a prescription drug approved by the FDA;   
    • The pharmacy purchases the prescription drug for personal use only;
    • The pharmacy purchases a maximum 90-day supply of the prescription drug; and
    • None of these prescription drugs may be prohibited controlled substances.
  • Defines “approved Canadian pharmacy” as a pharmacy that complies with certain standards that include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • The pharmacy is located and licensed to operate in Canada;
    • The pharmacy has existed for 5 years prior to this bill's enactment;
    • The pharmacy operates according to Canadian pharmacy standards and regulations;
    • The pharmacy conducts or participates in quality assurance programs;
    • The pharmacy establishes a process for resolving grievances; and
    • The pharmacy does not resell products from online pharmacies located outside Canada to customers in the United States.
  • Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to establish regulations that authorizes individuals to import a prescription drug from Canada.
  • Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish a list of approved Canadian pharmacies on the Food and Drug Administration Web site.



  • John Sidney McCain III (AZ - R) (Out Of Office)


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