The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the race for pharma campaign bucks has now tilted overall to the Democrats. Hillary Clinton leads all comers with $408,000 in contributions, but you won't hear Barack Obama complain too much about that, because he's only about $8000 behind her. John McCain remains as the one candidate who can spout off all he wants about Big Pharma, having collected only $112,000 or so up til now. And spout off he does. Read into the Inky article to get to some of his choicier quotes from the campaign trail. He's up to speed about the Medicaid lawsuits that just returned the first verdict against a pharma company in Alabama and he's no fan of Medicaid Part D, either. He clearly indicates that he wants to introduce more price competition into that program.
Billy Tauzin is quoted, acknowledging the "sea change" in contribution patterns toward the demos, but he doesn't sound phazed by McCain's comments.
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