Friday, May 11, 2007

Congress: Bought and paid for by Big Pharma contd.

Senators who raised millions of dollars in campaign donations from pharmaceutical interests secured industry-friendly changes to a landmark drug-safety bill, according to public records and interviews.

A measure that blocked an effort to allow drug importation passed, 49-40. The 49 senators who voted against drug importation received about $5 million from industry executives and political action committees since 2001 — nearly three quarters of the industry donations to current members of the Senate, according to a USA Today analysis of data compiled by two non-partisan groups, Center for Responsive Politics and PoliticalMoneyLine.

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