Friday, July 30, 2004

From the Montgomery County (MD) Sentinel:
County courts Canadian drug answers
A majority of members of the Montgomery County Council are positioned to buck the federal government and the state's pharmacists and vote on September 14 in favor of a plan that would allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada.

The approval would conflict with warnings against the plan issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Maryland Pharmacists Association (MPhA).

Patrick Lacefield, spokesman for the Council said that currently council members Tom Perez, Phil Andrews, Marilyn Praisner, Howard Denis, and George Leventhal would likely vote to allow the drugs. The approval could save the county $15 million a year on drug costs for county employees and their families according to a report prepared for the Council in April.

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