Wednesday, November 30, 2005


CLICK TO READ: Drugmakers Win Exemption in House Budget-Cutting Bill by Jonathan Weisman - Washington Post

Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) for ensuring that pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Co. and other businesses' mental health drugs will continue to fetch top price at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars to the states.

"The provision -- inserted by Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), whose district flanks Lilly's Indianapolis headquarters -- would largely exempt antipsychotic and antidepressant medications from a larger measure designed to steer Medicaid patients to the least expensive treatment options. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved Buyer's amendment this month over the strenuous objections of Chairman Joe Barton (R-Tex.) and the National Governors Association. It survived unchallenged in the $50 billion budget-cutting bill that narrowly passed the House just before Congress left for Thanksgiving recess."

PHOTO: Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) inserted a provision that benefits Eli Lilly and Co. and other manufacturers of prescription drugs that are used in mental health treatment. (Stefan Zaklin - Getty Images)

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