Sunday, December 07, 2003

From the Iowa City Press Citizen:
Pharmacists weigh in on Vilsack's drug plan
While some are critical of Gov. Tom Vilsack's plan to reimport prescription drugs from Canada, local and state pharmacists say it will be business as usual if he gets his way.

For years, the prices of prescription drugs have skyrocketed, forcing many to choose between buying groceries and buying medications. In response, many Canadian pharmacies have been advertising in the United States about their low drug costs. More and more people are buying their medications, which are manufactured in the U.S., imported to Canada and then reimported to this country.

Jim Mennan, a pharmacy manager at Hy-Vee, 812 S. First Ave. in Iowa City, said Vilsack's plan would not affect his store much. He said pharmacies would not lose much money if the ban on reimportation were lifted.

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