OPINION: drug firms say no to rebates, despite billions in new revenue from Part D

By Wendell Potter

Part D brought drug companies billions, but they say the sky is falling

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America":

"… D. Bennett, senior vice president of communications and public affairs at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), wrote within hours of the speech: “The President’s proposal …"

Drug lobby donation went to pro-Democratic nonprofit

By Michael Beckel

Half-million-dollar donation from PhRMA went to little-known group that backed Harry Reid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Harry Reid":

"… ding nearly $175,000 on television ads that praised Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., ahead of his contentious re-election fight. The ads urged viewers …"

Drug lobby gave $750,000 to pro-Hatch nonprofit in Utah's U.S. Senate race

By Michael Beckel

IRS records show drug lobby helped Utah senator, others.

Excerpts from this story referencing "nonprofit":

"… Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), gave $750,000 in 2011 to Freedom Path, a nonprofit group that spent big to help Hatch win another term. Despite his solid&nb …"

"… Service, which covers the 2011 calendar year. Since the donation went to a nonprofit, it was not required to be reported to the Federal Election Commission. P …"

"… Commission. PhRMA made contributions to several other politically linked nonprofits, including: $500,000 to “Montana Growth,” which appears to be a gr …"

"… active in the state's Supreme Court race, but rather a Democratic-aligned nonprofit. See this article for more.) Freedom Path is a “front group set up to p …"

Drug lobby gave $9.4 million to nonprofits that spent big on 2010 election

By Michael Beckel

Pharmaceutical lobby gave $9.4 million to five different politically active nonprofits in 2010

Excerpts from this story referencing "Iowa":

"… n ads during the 2010 election, including one against Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) that linked him with the proposed mosque in New York City near Ground Zer …"

A record year for the pharmaceutical lobby in '07

By M. Asif Ismail

Washington's largest lobby racks up another banner year on Capitol Hill

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America":

"… percent of the total was spent by 40 companies and three trade groups: the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the Biotechnology Industry Organization, and the Advanced Me …"

Spending on lobbying thrives

By M. Asif Ismail

Drug and health products industries invest $182 million to influence legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "House":

"… e Veterans Health Administration, negotiate with companies for discounts.A House bill sponsored in 2005 by Oregon Democrat David Wu would have allowed the …"

"… ttee. All similar bills met the same fate.This session, the new Democratic House passed the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act, which require …"

"… negotiation, and the Senate is considering a companion bill. But the White House has issued a statement that President Bush would veto any push to require …"

"… least half a dozen measures supporting such a move were introduced in the House and the Senate during the last Congress, but none prevailed. According to …"

Drug makers' dime funds Congressional travel

By Robert Brodsky

Pharmaceutical companies, affiliated trade groups spent more than $600,000 on trips

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pfizer":

"… turers, the group counts several major pharmaceutical companies, including Pfizer, Roche and Johnson & Johnson, among its members.Regina Hall, AdvaMed's …"

"… g "vaccine shortage, safety, world health, and bioterrorism policy issues."Pfizer, the world's highest-grossing drug company, sponsored 12 trips valued at m …"

"… aux was working with House and Senate negotiators to draft the final bill, Pfizer flew him to New York for a one-day meeting.The trip was nothing new for Br …"

"… for Breaux, whose office accepted 15 trips — including six he took from Pfizer — from drug-makers and their allies. The portfolio of pharmaceutical tri …"

Surrogates for their agenda

By Alexander Cohen

How the drug industry uses non-profits to push its interests

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York Times":

"… ions."PhRMA internal planning documents, obtained in 2003 by the New York Times, detailed budget plans for that fiscal year beginning in July and describe …"

Exporting prices

By M. Asif Ismail

Drug makers' trade group makes the industry's priorities U.S. trade policy

Excerpts from this story referencing "pharmaceutical firms":

"… -Myers Squibb Co., the ninth largest, lobbied the agency 27 times.Overall, pharmaceutical firms, their trade organizations and the outside lobbyists that represent them d …"

Prescription for power

By M. Asif Ismail

Drug makers' lobbying army ensures their legislative dominance

Excerpts from this story referencing "author":

"… paign is. "The [lobbying] money is very well-spent," said Dr. Jerry Avorn, author of Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drug …"

"… he extension of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act through September 2007, authorizing the FDA to continue collecting industry money to process drug approva …"

"… Washington University's Center for Health Services Research and Policy and author of Prescription for Disaster, a book on drug safety, oppose the arrangemen …"

"… aying a very significant share of FDA's total budget," Moore said. "Each reauthorization is sort of another step to come to the bargaining table, if you wil …"

PhRMA's envoys

By M. Asif Ismail

Former ambassador lobbies Canadians on drug imports to U.S.

Excerpts from this story referencing "aide":

"… ss the northern borders, enlisted an ex-envoy to Canada and his former top aide to lobby the government with which they once conducted diplomacy.Gordon Gi …"

"… associated with my activities," said the Georgian, a one-time legislative aide to former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn. That same day—Jan. 13, 2005—Giffin …"