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Insane House Provision Protecting Big Pharma

This week, Congress is debating the pros and cons of an unbelievably insane provision in a medical malpractice bill that would prevent consumers from suing pharmaceutical companies for punitive damages -- remember the toxic drug Vioxx -- as long as they met FDA standards to win approval of their drugs.

Their defense, according to a spokesman for the American Tort Reform Association: "If you have done everything the law requires, why should you be punished?" So, using that twisted logic, shouldn't marketing and selling drugs you know to be toxic be legalized?

Complete insanity folks!

If you think that's the only problem, here's the real kicker: The representative who sponsored the bill which passed in the House last year but not the Senate is now a former representative. James C. Greenwood (R-Pa.) now serves as president of the Biotechnology Industry Organization, a corporate trade association. Not so surprising, since former U.S. Rep. Billy Tauzin announced his intention to leave Congress to join the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Big Pharma's chief lobbying group three weeks ago.

If you agree that this REPREHENSIBLE provision ought to be removed immediately, I strongly urge you to take action by getting in touch with your U.S. representative today. If you don't know how to reach him or her, this link will take you to a government-sponsored site that will help you do just that.

Washington Post January 5, 2005

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