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    "The ability for Americans to buy cheaper, safe, imported prescription drugs is needed more than ever before with 16 million Americans out of work and millions more struggling financially," said Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a co-sponsor. "But while Americans all over the country are being forced to choose between their next meal and their necessary medications, pharmaceutical companies continue to lobby Congress to keep rules in place to prohibit the importation of the exact same prescription drugs sold here in the United States in order to maintain their profit margins."

    The bill also has substantial bipartisan support, with Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), John McCain (R-AZ), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), David Vitter (R-LA), Herb Kohl (D-WI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Al Franken (D-MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jim Webb (D-VA), Jon Tester (D-MT) Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mark Begich (D-AK) cosponsoring the amendment. Dorgan points out that President Obama also co-sponsored the bill when he was in the Senate.

    The legislation contains strong safeguards to prohibit counterfeit drugs from entering the system or other practices that would put the consumer at risk, and applies only to FDA-approved prescription drugs produced in FDA-approved plants from countries with comparable safety standards.

    "The pharmaceutical industry's drug pricing is unfair to U.S. consumers," Dorgan said. "We are charged the highest prices in the world for drugs that same industry sells for a fraction of the price in most other countries. That is unfair and it needs to stop.

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