Recap on the House vote on Biosimilars

The rollcall for the biosimilars vote in on the Internet here. Based upon the count released by the committee, voting for the Eshoo Amendment were 26 Democrats and 21 Republicans. Voting against were 1 republican (Deal) and 10 Democrats. One Republican did not vote. I have bolded the Nay votes.

To put this vote into perspective, 10 Democrats voted with the widely respected chairman of the full committee, who was responsible in 1984 for creating the modern regime for generic drugs. 26 Democrats voted against Henry Waxman (and virtually all consumer and patient groups that were not on the industry payroll). PhRMA, BIO and big pharma companies were spending an astonishing amount of money — through campaign contributions, direct lobbying, astro turf lobbying and advertising to the public. Leading democrats like Joe Trippi and Howard Dean were signed on to push the Eshoo amendment. PhRMA was running ads in several districts, supporting the Eshoo Amendment (See the link to the Daily Kos blog below for one example). Pfizer and other companies switched sides, and began to give more to Democrats than Republicans. In the end, it was a crushing defeat for consumers.

Democrats – 10 Nay votes

Henry A. Waxman, CA, Chair Nay
John D. Dingell, MI, Chair Emeritus Nay
Frank Pallone, Jr., NJ Nay
Lois Capps, CA Nay
Jan Schakowsky, IL Nay
Anthony D. Weiner, NY Nay
Kathy Castor, FL Nay
John P. Sarbanes, MD Nay
Betty Sutton, OH Nay

Peter Welch, VT Nay

Democrats – 26 Yeah votes
Edward J. Markey, MA Yeah
Rick Boucher, VA Yeah
Bart Gordon, TN Yeah
Bobby L. Rush, IL Yeah
Anna G. Eshoo, CA Yeah
Bart Stupak, MI Yeah

Eliot L. Engel, NY Yeah
Gene Green, TX Yeah
Diana DeGette, CO Yeah
Mike Doyle, PA Yeah
Jane Harman, CA Yeah
Charles A. Gonzalez, TX Yeah
Jay Inslee, WA Yeah
Tammy Baldwin, WI Yeah
Mike Ross, AR Yeah

Jim Matheson, UT Yeah
G.K. Butterfield, NC Yeah
Charlie Melancon, LA Yeah
John Barrow, GA Yeah
Baron P. Hill, IN Yeah
Doris O. Matsui, CA Yeah
Donna M. Christensen, VI Yeah
Christopher S. Murphy, CT Yeah
Zachary T. Space, OH Yeah

Jerry McNerney, CA Yeah
Bruce L. Braley, IA Yeah

All Democrats 26 10

Republicans – 1 Nay vote
Nathan Deal, GA Nay

Republicans – 22 Nay votes
Joe Barton, TX, Ranking Yeah

Ralph M. Hall, TX Yeah
Fred Upton, MI Yeah
Cliff Stearns, FL Yeah
Ed Whitfield, KY Yeah
John Shimkus, IL Yeah
John B. Shadegg, AZ Yeah
Steve Buyer, IN Yeah
George Radanovich, CA Yeah
Joseph R. Pitts, PA Yeah

Mary Bono Mack, CA Yeah
Greg Walden, OR Yeah
Lee Terry, NE Yeah
Mike Rogers, MI Yeah
Sue Wilkins Myrick, NC Yeah
John Sullivan, OK Yeah
Tim Murphy, PA Yeah
Michael C. Burgess, TX Yeah
Marsha Blackburn, TN Yeah

Phil Gingrey, GA Yeah
Steve Scalise, LA Yeah

Republicans not voting
Roy Blunt, MO

All Republicans 22 1

Some blogs and new reports on the vote:
Patent Docs.

KEI (on Huffpo right before the vote), and here after.
CALPERS statement
Essential Action release with statements from several groups
Catherine Larkin and Nicole Gaouette, Biologic drugs protected 12 years by House panel bill, Bloomberg News, 07/31/2009.
Emily P. Walker, Week 7: House Panel Approves Health Reform Bill, MedPage Today, August 01, 2009

Earlier blogs on Daily Kos, KEI (here, and HuffingtonPost (here, here and here).

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