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Date:12/16/2009

AARP Illinois Disappointed By Senate Vote Against Lower Prescription Drug Prices

CHICAGO, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday night rejected an amendment to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would help make prescription drugs more affordable by allowing for the safe and legal importation of lower priced drugs from abroad. The bipartisan amendment, endorsed by AARP and sponsored by Senators Dorgan, Snowe, McCain, Grassley and Stabenow, would have improved competition and helped to bring down the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs.

The Senate also rejected a second prescription drug importation amendment sponsored by Sen. Lautenberg, which would have created an unnecessary roadblock for prescription drug importation. In a move designed to block importation, the amendment prohibited importation of prescription drugs unless the Secretary of Health and Human Services can certify that it is safe to do so. Despite the fact that safety provisions are already built into the AARP-endorsed Dorgan-Snowe amendment, this version is designed to create administrative hurdles to effectively prevent importation.




                     VOTED YES ON RX IMPORTATION  VOTED NO ON RX IMPORTATION
                       AMENDMENT TO LOWER DRUG      AMENDMENT TO LOWER DRUG
    ILLINOIS                    COSTS                        COSTS
    --------        ---------------------------  --------------------------
    Burris, Roland                                             X
    Durbin, Richard                                            X




                     VOTED YES ON AMENDMENT TO  VOTED NO ON AMENDMENT TO
    ILLINOIS         BLOCK LOWER-COST RX DRUGS BLOCK LOWER-COST RX DRUGS
    --------         ------------------------- -------------------------
    Burris, Roland               X
    Durbin, Richard              X

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