Senator Lamar Alexander’s Idiotic Response

This has nothing to do with the letter I sent, regarding the FDA’s withdrawal of Midodrine, because of paperwork issues.

It’s as if Congress isn’t even trying anymore, so let’s be as perfunctory as possible, with a fake-o warm and familiar “first name basis” form letter correspondence.

Pitiful, yet infuriating.

September 2, 2010

Dear Jill,

Thanks very much for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and drug safety.

In May 2007, the FDA Revitalization Act passed the Senate by a vote of 93 to 1. This is the biggest drug safety reform in a decade, and I was proud to support it. This bill reauthorizes the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) and the Medical Device User Fee Act (MDUFA), which help the FDA do a better job approving and monitoring prescription drugs and medical devices. The bill also encourages the research and development of medical treatments for children as well as new antibiotics to combat drug resistant infections. Additionally, the FDA Revitalization Act allows the importation of pharmaceuticals as long as the Secretary of Health and Human Services certifies that the drugs are safe and will save Americans money.

I think that it’s important to give the FDA the tools necessary to make sure our medicines are safe and effective, and to create an environment where there is incentive for the treatments and medications of tomorrow to be developed and brought to market. By enacting the FDA Revitalization Act, I believe we will be able to achieve both these goals.

There are still a number of FDA drug safety issues to discuss, including the approval of follow-on biologics (also known as biosimilars) and compounded medications. As a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, I’ll be paying close attention to drug safety. I appreciate you getting in touch with me, and I’ll be sure to consider your comments as these issues are debated in Washington and in Tennessee.



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  • craftygirl  On September 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Lameass waste of a dead tree. Sorry, doll.

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