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DeMint Cosponsors Bipartisan Drug Reimportation Bill

Location: Washington, DC

DeMint Cosponsors Bipartisan Drug Reimportation Bill

January 26th, 2005 - Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) took part in a press conference to introduce new bipartisan drug reimportation legislation. Senator DeMint joined U.S. Senators Ken Salazar (D-Co.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) as cosponsors of the bill authored by U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) and U.S. Congressman Gil Gutknecht (R-Mn.).

"The days of Americans subsidizing drug costs for other countries must come to an end. While our nation continues to be the leader in life-saving medication, our seniors are paying the highest costs. This legislation will allow our seniors the access to low-cost, safe prescription drugs that they deserve," said Senator DeMint.

The legislation introduced today, S. 109, will give all Americans immediate relief from the outrageously high cost of pharmaceuticals. It will also allow the importation of prescription drugs only if the drugs and the facilities where they are manufactured are federally approved, and will require that imported prescription drugs be packaged and shipped using counterfeit-resistant technologies.

"Every day in America we safely import a vast array of products from all over the world, including much of the food we eat. It's ludicrous that the only things we prohibit from being imported are life-saving drugs that are safely sealed in tamper-resistant packaging. Instead of forcing seniors to find ways around current restrictions, we need to change the law to provide a safe and controlled system to access medication."

"I want to thank Senator Vitter and Congressman Gutknecht for their continued leadership, and for bringing together a true bipartisan coalition determined to fight for our seniors," said Senator DeMint.

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