Dems, GOP Fight Over FDA Bans On DTC Ads
The legislation is co-sponsored by Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., the committee's chairman, and Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kansas) wants to drop the ban, but give the FDA new powers to fine advertisers for "false" or "misleading" drug advertising.
Until the Democrats took control of the Senate after the last elections, Roberts was chairman of the Intelligence Committee and an ardent supporter of the Bush Administration's warrantless domestic spying program. He was also one of only nine Senators to vote against an amendment banning the "cruel, inhuman" treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody.