Wednesday, April 21, 2004

From the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press:
Pawlenty takes case to Pfizer
Anyone doubting these are strange political times should consider:

On Thursday, Gov. Tim Pawlenty — a tough-on-crime, pro-business, laissez-faire Republican who launched a Web site showing Minnesotans how to defy the federal government and import drugs from Canada — will tell a major corporation that it makes too much profit.

Then, citing moral and economic grounds, he'll ask the company, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc., to make less money.

From Yahoo News:
US governor eyes Europe as source of cheap prescription drugs
The governor of Illinois said that he has commissioned a study to compare the prices of US and European prescription drugs, in the latest twist in the row between state and federal authorities over consumer access to cut-price medicines.

Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, said he had instructed researchers to investigate whether consumers in this Midwestern state could fill their prescriptions safely and more cheaply in Europe than they could at home.

From the Washington Times:
Ill. looks to Europe for cheaper Rx drugs
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is sending a state delegation to Europe to investigate importation of cheaper prescription drugs from overseas.

Blagojevich told a Chicago news conference Tuesday U.S. drug companies are trying to restrict supplies of price-controlled medicines from Canada to keep their drugs from being re-sold in the United States. The governor is already lobbying the federal government to allow state employees to buy prescription drugs from Canada to save money.

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