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Published December 09, 2009, 09:25 AM

Drug-import Backers Worry Obama Might Scuttle Plan

Some import supporters are questioning whether the administration is acting to keep the powerful pharmaceutical industry's support for Obama's effort to overhaul the nation's health care system. An administration official denies that.

A long-running effort to allow the import of lower-cost prescription drugs faces a new challenge -- President Barack Obama's administration is raising safety concerns.

Some import supporters are questioning whether the administration is acting to keep the powerful pharmaceutical industry's support for Obama's effort to overhaul the nation's health care system. An administration official denies that.

The Senate today plans to debate the import proposal by North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan as an amendment to Obama's health overhaul legislation.

Even before Dorgan introduced it last night, the Food and Drug Administration sent senators a letter saying the plan would be

"logistically challenging" to implement and raises "significant safety concerns."

Dorgan says he was surprised by the letter because Obama co-sponsored Dorgan's proposal in 2007 as a freshman Democratic senator from Illinois.

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