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March 10, 2009

Re "Reform, stat!," editorial, March 7

I fully agree that a crackdown on inappropriate financial ties between drug makers and doctors is imperative. But how about a crackdown also on ties between drug makers and legislators?

In 2008, "Big Pharma" and medical device companies reportedly gave more than $28 million in campaign contributions to candidates. Rep. Henry A. Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, received contributions of $71,600 from the industry last year. Is that appropriate?

Richard E. Horowitz

Los Angeles

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