Pharmaceutical group spent almost $200,000 on Frankfort lobbying in January

The Consumer Healthcare Products Association, a lobbying group for pharmaceutical companies, spent almost $200,000 last month lobbying in Frankfort, according to the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission.

The group is opposed to legislation being pushed by Gov. Beshear and* many in the legislature (Senate Bill 50) to require a prescription for dry tablets of pseudoephedrine, which is the key ingredient in making methamphetamine. CHPA spent just a fraction of this amount last year — $99,333 — to defeat similar legislation that required a prescription for all forms of pseudoephedrine, including gel caps.

In January alone, CHPA spent $194,958 on lobbying the legislature in Frankfort. The bulk of this went toward “Professional and Technical Research and Assistance” ($151,602 on patch through calls, phone banking and consulting fees) and “Educational and Promotional Items” ($26,962 on website development and operation).

In the entire year of 2011, only two lobbying groups spent more than CHPA did in January alone. That year, Altria (Phillip Morris) spent $304,257 and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce spent $266,900.

SB 50 narrowly passed the Senate Judiciary Committee today by a 6 to 5 vote.

* Beshear’s office notified us that he is “not pushing any bills related to pseudoephedrine; we are supporting bills related to prescription drug abuse (making KASPER more robust, more requirements for prescribers, etc.) but those have not mentioned pseudoephedrine specifically.”

One Comment

  1. Terri
    Posted February 17, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    For once, I appreciate their lobbying, as the people the bill will harm the most (the poor and uninsured) certainly don’t have the money or power to make their voices heard.

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