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H.R. 478 (116th): Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019

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To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for the personal importation of safe and affordable drugs from approved pharmacies in Canada.

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Sponsor and status

Chellie Pingree

Sponsor. Representative for Maine's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Jan 10, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 10, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


15 Cosponsors (12 Democrats, 3 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Pingree Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill Allowing Consumers to Import Less Expensive Prescriptions from Canada
    — Rep. Chellie Pingree [D-ME1] (Sponsor) on Jan 10, 2019

Congresswoman Angie Craig Continues to Fight to Lower Skyrocketing Drug Costs
    — Rep. Angie Craig [D-MN2] (Co-sponsor) on May 1, 2019

Congressman Al Green Commends Passage of Landmark $2 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Package
    — Rep. Al Green [D-TX9] on Mar 27, 2020

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Jan 10, 2019

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H.R. 478 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 478. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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