Thursday, June 03, 2004

From (OR):
Smith co-authors bill to allow Canada drug imports
Sens. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., and Chairman Judd Gregg, R-N.H., of the Committee on Health Education, Labor, and Pensions on Wednesday introduced the Safe Importing of Medical Products and Rx Therapies (Safe IMPORT) Act to allow individuals, pharmacies, and wholesalers to safely import prescription drugs from Canada and as many as 15 Western European countries.

“Everyone agrees that we have to do something about the high cost of prescription drugs,” said Smith. “The real question is how to do it safely and without destroying incentives to produce life-saving medicine. We’ve struck a good balance here – one that will quickly make imports legal while providing the same protection we have for drugs purchased in the United States.”

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