Skirmishing continues over drug importing

Washington, D.C. - Last month, the House approved legislation that would make it easier for Americans to obtain prescription drugs from Canada and other countries, similar to action it took last year. This time the legislators voted overwhelmingly to add to FDA's 2005 budget bill a provision that blocks FDA from enforcing a ban on drug reimportation. The drug import language is not expected to survive House-Senate negotiations on a final FDA spending bill, but it allows members of Congress to portray themselves as import advocates at election time.