GENERIC INDUSTRY RAISES FUNDS FOR CONGRESS

Pharmacy Times, Volume 0, 0

The political fund-raisers forthe Generic PharmaceuticalAssociation (GPhA) collectedmore than $37,000 to supportpro-industry candidates in the 2006 elections, accordingto documents on file at the Federal ElectionCommission.

Less than 10 weeks before Election Day, GPhA's PoliticalAction Committee (PAC) had contributed $13,500 to thecampaigns of 10 House and Senate candidates, includingsuch supporters of the generic drug industry as SenEdward Kennedy (D, Mass), Sen Trent Lott (R, Miss), and SenDebbie Stabenow (D, Mich).

Although the PAC supported candidates from bothparties, 70% of its money went to Republican congressionalhopefuls. Also among those on the receivingend of the association's campaign aid was Rep NathanDeal (R, Ga), the incoming chairman of the House Energyand Commerce Health Subcommittee.