Senate approves, cripples drug import bill

The U.S. Senate voted to allow drug imports from a lineup of other countries--but only after scuttling the whole initiative by first requiring health officials to sign off on the safety of any drugs that are imported. The problem: Health officials in the Bush administration say that they can't certify the safety of imported drugs. Net result: No change in the status quo. Critics of the Bush administration's stance on this say that Canada and other countries are well known for their safe drug supply industry and ensuring safety would be relatively easy.

- The Washington Post report covers the political gamesmanship