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Board of Directors:
A. J. (Jim) Norby
Joseph R. (Dick) Ciocca
Media Relations Director:
Aetna Retirees Association
AT&T Retirees (ACE)
Boeing/SPEEA Retirees (Engineering Society)
Detroit Edison Alliance of Retirees (DEAR)
GM Retirees-Detroit Diesel
Johns Manville Retirees
Lucent Retirees Organization
Southern New England Tell
Retirees Association, Inc. (SRA)
TelCo Retirees Association
The Honorable Byron L. Dorgan
United States Senate
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Senator Dorgan:
I was pleased to read this week in news articles and your press release that you are continuing to push for legislation to allow Americans to purchase lower-priced and safe prescription drugs from Canada and other Western industrialized nations. On behalf of the some 2 million retirees and workers represented by the National Retiree Legislative Network, I want you to know that we endorse the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2007 (S. 242).
We commend you for chairing a hearing before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Trade and calling attention to the fact the same drugs, manufactured in the same factory, routinely sell for nearly two times as much in the U.S. as they do in other countries. Americans—especially retirees living on fixed incomes—can no longer afford the high prices on drugs that are maintained through the monopoly power of pharmaceutical companies.
We believe that now is the time for Congress to take action on health care issues important to retirees and workers, such as, your bill. Americans should not have to continue to endure higher drug prices while the drug industry endeavors to water down or side track your bill.
Please let me know if the NRLN can assist you in spreading the word about the importance of providing American consumers with competitively priced and safe drugs through legal importation.
President, National Retiree Legislative Network