The drug and medical device maker, Baxter Healthcare Corp., spent $730,000 lobbying the federal government on health care issues during the first quarter of this year. The company says it lobbied on funding for the Food and Drug Administration, which as we all know reviews the safety and effectiveness of all U.S. pharmaceuticals. Baxter markets the blood thinner heparin which we have written about frequently. In this issue, more of the problems relating to heparin were discussed. Baxter disclosed its lobbying spending in a form filed with the Senate’s Office of Public Records on April 18th. All of the special interests have lobbyists who enjoy tremendous power and influence in Washington. Collectively, they spend millions of dollars in order to maintain their power and control. Unfortunately, ordinary citizens don’t have the capacity to hire lobbyists to protect their interests. That’s why groups like Public Citizen must be supported by all Americans who want to have some say so over what happens in our nation’s capital.
Source: Associated Press
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