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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2003 (H.R. 2427) 

On Thursday, July 24, 2003, the House of Representatives is expected to consider the Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2003 (H.R. 2427) (To view: Full text of legislation) 

With this measure, the FDA must design and implement a system to grant individuals, pharmacists and wholesalers in America access to FDA-approved drugs from FDA-approved facilities in industrialized nations abroad.

The European Union, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Lichtenstein, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, and South Africa are the only included countries. Mexico is not included. 

All prescription drugs produced at home and abroad are required to use counterfeit-resistant packaging, similar to the technology used by the U.S. Department of the Treasury by the Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2003 (H.R. 2427). 

To allow the re-importation of prescription drugs manufactured or sold abroad by U.S. companies would be of little benefit to American consumers.  Overall prescription drug costs have undergone a rapid rise as a result of increased utilization of prescription medications.  Also, access to important new medications in the U.S. and abroad would be reduced by attempts to establish the same prices for drugs in the U.S. and abroad. Furthermore, access to the most effective new drugs are limited by price controls and other governmental restrictions in almost every other industrialized nation. 

What Can You Do?     

Urge your representative NOT TO SUPPORT the Pharmaceutical Market Access Act of 2003 (H.R. 2427).  

Contact Information:    

Capitol Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121 (Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)  

To go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html  . 

To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.   

Addressing Correspondence: 

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515  

Dear Representative (last name):


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