The "safety" issue is a sham. The drug imports would've been limited to FDA licensed facilities in a few select countries. The truth is, many of the drug distributors already import from these facilities - they just don't want you to be able to do that. The reason, of course, is that they can continue to gouge the American people by forcing us to pay higher prices than the rest of the world which means that we're subsidizing every other country's drug purchases.
And remember back to 2002-2003 when the Bush administration was issuing warnings about the safety of Canadian drugs? Of course when they were pressed they had absolutely no evidence:
"I had four hearings and I asked (FDA Associate Commissioner William Hubbard) to give me examples where people have been damaged by Canadian pharmaceuticals and re-importation, and he couldn't even give me one, not one."
And who was that quote attributed to? None other than Congressman Dan Burton. It's a sad day when Burton is a stronger advocate for the people of Indiana than Senator Bayh is.
Of course let's not forget that Senator Bayh ranked 18th in the Senate's recipients of Pharmaceutical lobbying money. And I would urge the Senator not to even bother with the "I voted for drug imports but I also voted for them to be safe" line. It won't work - you damn well knew that a vote for the "safety" amendment was a vote to kill imports.
Too many times I hear those on the right call Senator Bayh a liberal. But let me pose the question: Is he really a liberal Democrat or a lobbyist Democrat? Today, at least on this issue, the answer is obvious...