In December, the Senate rejected an amendment by Senator Dorgan to allow American pharmacies and drug wholesalers to import federally approved drugs from abroad. Under U.S. federal law, only pharmaceutical companies are permitted to import prescription drugs approved by the FDA. The FDA had raised concerns with the amendment noting that it would be “logistically challenging and resource intensive” and that there were significant safety concerns.

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