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Board of Pharmacy Testifies On the Hill
January 26, 2005
Oregon Board of Pharmacy Testifies before the U.S. Senate Special Committee On Aging 
The Oregon Board of Pharmacy was invited to appear before the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging held at the Dirkson Senate Office Building in Washington DC on Wednesday, January 26, 2005. Oregon Senator Gordon Smith, the Committee Chair, asked the Board to discuss its recent experience with foreign drug importation and drug distribution via the Internet at the Committee´s first hearing of the 109th Congressional Session.
The subject of the informational hearing was, "Internet Pharmacies and Prescription Drug Importation: Exploring Risks and Benefits". Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin is the Ranking Member and Senator Hillary Clinton is the newest member of the Committee. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden also sits on the twenty member committee including eleven Republicans and nine Democrats.
U.S. Public Health Service Surgeon General Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, presented an analysis of the Report of the HHS Task Force on Drug Importation, a Task Force he chaired for the Department of Health and Human Services.
Gary Schnabel, the Board of Pharmacy´s Executive Director, appeared before the Committee for the allotted five minute oral presentation to supplement the written testimony submitted on behalf of the Board. Other speakers included Jeff Kimmell, RPh, of drugstore.com in Bellevue, WA, Mary Jorgenson of the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups in Madison, WI and Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs for the CATO Institute in Washington DC.
The question and answer period following the panel´s oral presentation was interrupted so the Committee members could adjourn to vote on the Condoleezza Rice nomination for Secretary of State. Senator Smith closed the hearing, leaving the record open, to allow committee members to submit questions for the panel participants´ written response.
Click below to view the Board of Pharmacy´s presentation, and other witnesses testimony, including the Surgeon General´s statements about the HHS Importation Task Force Report.
Oregon Board of Pharmacy Oral Statement
Panel Members´ Written Testimony