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S. 469 (115th): Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act

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A bill to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for the importation of affordable and safe drugs by wholesale distributors, pharmacies, and individuals.

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Sponsor and status

Bernard “Bernie” Sanders

Sponsor. Senator for Vermont. Independent.

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Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017
Length: 19 pages
Feb 28, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 28, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Stabenow Unveils New Legislation to Lower Cost of Prescription Drugs
    — Sen. Debbie Stabenow [D-MI] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 29, 2018

At Press Conference Today, King Discusses Outcome of Early Morning Health Care Vote, Outlines Path Forward
    — Sen. Angus King [I-ME] (Co-sponsor) on Jul 28, 2017

Welch Introduces Drug Importation Amendment: “The price of prescription drugs is killing us.”
    — Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT0] on Jun 7, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform estimates S. 469 will save $5.1 billion through 2027.


Feb 28, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 469 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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