May 2, 2007
The Honorable Lisa Murkowski
United States Senate
Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0202
Dear Senator Murkowski:
I want to thank you for your past actions showing your awareness of the burden that the high cost of prescription drugs is placing on many Americans. You understand that the reimportation of safe prescription drugs would do a great deal to lower prices. On behalf of the 2 million retirees and workers represented by the National Retiree Legislative Network, I urge your support for the Dorgan-Snowe Amendment to S. 1082. Their amendment would allow for the safe reimportation of prescription drugs.
Americans deserve to have the benefit of global competition in the pharmaceutical industry. The Dorgan-Snowe Amendment provides quality measures to insure that the FDA approves the drugs and the facilities where they are manufactured and packaged using counterfeit-resistant technologies.
Without this reimportation amendment, your constituents will continue to pay nearly two times as much for prescription drugs in the USA as do the citizens of many other countries. Americans—especially retirees living on fixed incomes—can no longer afford the high drug prices that are maintained through the monopoly power of pharmaceutical companies.
We believe that now is the time for the U.S. Senate to take action important to retirees and people with disabilities who are particularly hard hit by the high costs of prescription drugs.
President, National Retiree Legislative Network