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AARP Response to Senate Block on Prescription Drug Importation Legislation

December 11, 2009

AARP Media Relations,

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.”

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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