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Our food and drug laws are supposed to put Americans first, not consultants, lobbyists, and attorneys for corporate interests.While boasting about military flights importing inconsequential amounts of baby formula, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra stated that European baby formula is just as "safe and nutritious" as American baby formula. What he left out is the fact that FDA programs have been banning parents from buying it, even going as far as destroying it at the border, while babies risked starvation and even went to the emergency room.
The National Association of Manufacturers launched a six-figure ad campaign over the weekend opposing Democrats’ proposal to regulate drug prices in their budget reconciliation package. © Provided by The Hill
The lobbying group, which represents Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and other top drugmakers, is airing ads arguing that price controls on popular drugs amount to a “hidden tax” that will hurt U.S. competitiveness.
“Politicians shouldn’t force government price controls on Americans that harm manufacturers’ ability to develop and innovate new cures,” the narrator tells viewers.
The ad blitz comes as Democrats aim to include the drug pricing bill in their reconciliation package, which can bypass the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster with a simple majority.
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Police have urged residents to immediately contact law enforcement if they come into contact with anything resembling the drug. Meanwhile, narcotics investigators with the Denver Police Department said they have so far found "minimal amounts" of Pyro in Denver, news station KDVR reported.Like other opioid overdoses, a Pyro overdose causes the potentially fatal symptom of respiratory depression, according to KKCO. However, the new drug is responsive to Naloxone, which is used to treat narcotic overdoses in emergency situations.
The longtime Democratic priority, which has been derailed numerous times by pharmaceutical industry lobbying, would allow Medicare to negotiate the price of some popular prescription drugs and cap annual out-of-pocket drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries at $2,000.
Democrats are expected to tout the measure — and highlight GOP opposition — on the campaign trail. An October Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 83 percent of Americans support allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices.
“This is something we’ve waited for for a very long time and is going to be a major, major accomplishment to help people, bring down inflation,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said last week.
Democrats are expected to hear from the Senate parliamentarian this week on whether the drug pricing measure complies with reconciliation rules. Republicans, who generally oppose government regulation of drug pricing, are making the case that key aspects of the bill shouldn’t be included.
“We are calling on senators to vote ‘no’ on reconciliation and stand with manufacturers and the hardworking Americans who are integral to battling this pandemic and discovering future cures,” National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons said in a statement Monday.
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Tom Brady remembers interactions with Bill Russell: 'Really an imposing figure' .
Tom Brady said he knew Bill Russell, the former Celtics great who died Sunday, "pretty well" during the quarterback's time in New England.“I knew him pretty well,” Tom Brady told reporters following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice on Monday, a day after the NBA legend passed away at 88. “I had a lot of time up there in Boston and got to know him. Even back to my early days with the Patriots, my second year, in training camp he came and spoke to our team.