Several Republican Lawmakers Argue Colombia Must Alter Drug Approval Criteria To Enter OECD

STAT: More GOP lawmakers urge U.S. trade officials to lean on Colombia over drug approvals
“Still more Republican lawmakers are urging the U.S. trade representative to require Colombia to change its laws governing drug approvals before supporting the country’s membership in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an intergovernmental trade group. In a letter late last week, U.S. Reps. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) argued that the Colombian government must alter a national development plan, because it differs from World Health Organization standards by tying marketing approval for approving drugs to pricing criteria, which they argue is not used by other OECD countries. There are three dozen countries in the group…” (Silverman, 4/16).

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