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The AP (7/10, Taylor) reports that, with a 55 to 36 vote, the Senate approved a measure which could allow US citizens to “get lower-cost” medications “from Canada over the Internet.” The measure is portrayed as “a defeat to the powerful” pharmaceutical industry. It was “attached to a bill funding the Customs Department and other homeland security agencies.” Critics argue that the amendment “would open a gaping loophole that would expose people canto Internet scams and unsafe” medicines, “but the allure of importing US-made” medications “from other countries where government policies have driven prices lower has long had a pull on lawmakers.” Detractors included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), who “only [switched] their votes after it became clear the popular idea would pass.” Still, “their doubts about the idea may ensure” that the medication “importation rule gets dropped during House-Senate negotiations on a final bill.”

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