The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller

Why we should keep funding the President’s Malaria Initiative

Roger Bate
Resident Scholar, AEI

This election season has made victims of us all. To hear it from Republicans, Medicare subscribers are targets of raids. Sit with Democrats long enough and privileged women become casualties of war. In reality these people are hardly victims, and America’s election machine distracts from the needs of the truly poor and oppressed. Today, malaria will massacre thousands of poor African children. For millions more, their only protection is a drug, a bed net, or a protective spray provided by the U.S. government.

How to combat fake drugs without harming the poor

11:12 PM 05/27/2012

Last week, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) passed reauthorization in the Senate, but not before an amendment offered by Senator John McCain (R-AZ) lost quite narrowly (43-54). McCain wanted to allow Americans with poor insurance coverage to personally import medicines from credentialed foreign pharmacies --- a move opposed by U.S. pharmacists and drug makers. Hundreds of thousands of underinsured Americans currently buy medicine online from overseas sellers, sometimes at significant risk. The McCain amendment would have helped them buy medicine more safely.