FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2009
AARP Media Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org
AARP Response to Senate Block on Prescription Drug Importation Legislation
WASHINGTON – AARP Senior Vice President David Sloane issued the following statement regarding the procedural move to block a Senate vote on a key piece of legislation that would lower the cost of prescription drugs.
“We are disappointed that any lawmaker would throw up a procedural roadblock to prevent the Senate from voting on a bipartisan proposal to lower prescription drug prices for millions of Americans.
“AARP has been a long-time supporter of the Dorgan-Snowe importation legislation because it would create a system for safe, legal importation of prescription drugs from abroad. Allowing the safe and legal importation of prescription drugs is a needed measure to help lower drug costs that enjoys broad support across both political parties. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office recently said the legislation would save the federal government $19.4 billion over ten years.
“AARP is committed to helping our members and all older Americans have greater access to and reduced costs for the prescription drugs they need, including both through safe importation and other important measures such as closing the dreaded coverage gap in Medicare Part D known as the ‘doughnut hole.’
“AARP strongly supports the Dorgan-Snowe amendment and urges dropping the hold currently preventing an up-or-down vote in the Senate.”
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