Friday, December 19, 2003

From the Washington Post:
Kennedy Endorses Drug Importation
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) gave a limited endorsement yesterday to city and state governments that want to buy low-cost prescription drugs from Canada, saying he would support the Boston Tea Party-style rebellions despite warnings about safety risks.

Kennedy's shift came at a critical time for leaders from Boston, New Hampshire and Minnesota who say they are pressing ahead with their arguably illegal importation programs.

From the Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune:
Menino says Canada drug purchase plan will move ahead
Boston will proceed with plans to let city employees and retirees purchase prescription drugs from Canada despite a federal prohibition on importing them, Mayor Thomas Menino said Thursday after meeting with Food and Drug Administration officials.

FDA Associate Commissioner William Hubbard and other agency officials urged Menino to drop the cost-saving plan during a one-hour meeting at the agency's headquarters.

But Menino said he intends to press ahead with a pilot program by July 1, even though it's illegal. But he said he will meet with FDA officials in Boston in two months to continue discussions.

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