Sunday, April 11, 2004

From the Washington Times:
Grassley eyes cheap drugs from Canada
A leading Senate Republican last week began pushing legislation to legalize the purchase of prescription drugs from Canada, where they are sold cheaper — an idea supported by several states and cities.

The bill — introduced Thursday by Sen. Charles E. Grassley, the Iowa Republican who heads the Senate Finance Committee — would immediately open the door for American consumers to buy the cheaper prescription drugs, while requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish a new system for drug importation.

From In Forum (ND):
Dorgan offers prescription drug project
North Dakota could serve as a vast laboratory for an experiment allowing consumers to buy prescription drugs legally from Canada at steep discounts.

But instead of long drives to places like Winnipeg, as untold numbers of North Dakotans now do, consumers would be able to shop at their local pharmacy.

From the Grand Forks (ND) Herald:
Feds studying Dorgan plan for Canadian drug imports
The Bush administration is studying a proposal for a two-year pilot project that would allow North Dakota pharmacists buy medicine from their Canadian counterparts and resell it.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., said his Prairie Prescriptions Pilot Project could save North Dakotans up to $81 million a year.

From the Bismarck (ND) Tribune:
Stopgaps OK, but it's Congress' mess
Unfair pricing policies by the prescription drug industry have forced the American people to break the law and have put states and insurance companies in the position of being accomplices in crime.

Simply put, a person can buy many American-made prescription drugs cheaper in Canada than in the United States.

The difference in price can be substantial, especially for people who have a long-term need for a particular prescription.

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