But as big and powerful as the drug lobby is, PhRMA has got another major lobbying group standing in its way, the AARP, which is pushing for Congress to permit the import of drug from Canada, and so far is doing a good job at it.
Do US drug manufacturers charge too much? They offer plenty of reason why they do not. But as any good US politician knows, senior citizens often live on fixed incomes and are fiercely concerned about health care.
Sure, the new Medicare program offers breaks on drugs, but there are some “gaps” in coverage for hundreds of thousands of people. It’s hard to imagine that a flashy ad campaign or dire warnings about the dangers of counterfeit drugs from Canada will dissuade many people from looking for the best deal they can get.