Tauzin’s Prescription

Posted May 2, 2005 at 5:04pm

Former Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.), who took over the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America four months ago, said at a press briefing Monday that he is beginning to see a “turn-around” at the drugmakers’ trade group.

[IMGCAP(1)] Tauzin acknowledged that the transition in personnel has caused tensions within PhRMA but said, “We’re a team now.”

Tauzin’s mission at PhRMA has become personal, he said. “As a patient who just came through a year of cancer treatment,” he said, he is reforming PhRMA “so it does look through the patients’ eyes.”

He said PhRMA will focus on drug reimportation, litigation reform, intellectual property and getting prescription drugs to people who can’t afford them.

We Are the World. The importance of people-to-people engagement between nations will be the subject of former Secretary of State James Baker’s keynote address at the official launch of the Adopt-a-Country Caucus today.

The brainchild of Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), the caucus was formed last fall to facilitate relationships between Members of Congress and organizations and leaders in foreign countries to build private partnerships. In addition to Pitts, it is co-chaired by Reps. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Donald Payne (D-N.J.) and John Shimkus (R-Ill.). Interested Members will have the opportunity to connect with representatives from more than 80 nations who are expected to attend the kickoff, which will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 2255 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Balancing Act. The 6-year-old nonpartisan Women Under Forty Political Action Committee will host a discussion Wednesday on “Running the Country and a Family,” which will feature Members of Congress who will give advice and offer solutions to the struggle of balancing work and family.

Panelists include Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Reps. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), and Patricia Reed and Shirley Clark, founding partners of the Choose 2 Lead Women’s Foundation. The discussion will be moderated by Eileen O’Connor, president of the International Center for Journalists.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the National Press Club. For more information, e-mail info@wufpac.org.

— Kate Ackley, Bree Hocking and Jennifer Lash