Sunday, September 28, 2003

From the Portland (ME) Press Herald:
Drug debate rages as more head to Canada
On July 1, the city of Springfield, Mass., started buying drugs from Canada for municipal workers and retirees, in order to save millions of dollars through lower prices and a favorable exchange rate. The city estimates it could save $4 million a year, depending on how many of the 9,000 who are eligible participate in the voluntary program.

From the Grand Forks (ND) Herald:
Pawlenty backs Canadian drug imports
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty jumped into the ongoing debate over prescription drugs Wednesday by asking top state officials to explore giving all Minnesotans access to cheaper Canadian drugs.

Minnesota is on the "edge of a health care crisis," he said, and the state must try to lead the nation back from the brink. "The current model cannot be sustained."

From the Duluth (MN) News Tribune:
Pawlenty, Gutknecht talk prescription drugs on radio
Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Congressman Gil Gutknecht teamed up Friday on two radio shows to push the idea of importing lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada or other countries.

Minnesota is one of three states looking into the possibility and the only state led by a Republican governor.

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