Wednesday, December 01, 2004

From the Barre Montpelier (VT) Times Argus:
Feds want state's drug importation suit tossed out
The Bush administration on Monday asked a federal judge to throw out Vermont's first-in-the-nation lawsuit seeking to overturn the government's ban on importing prescription drugs from Canada.

In saying the state's arguments "are simply without legal basis," Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Perella wrote that Vermont's attempt to force a court to grant permission for drug reimportation is inappropriate.

"The state's claims have no basis in law and should be dismissed," Perella said in a response filed late Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Burlington. "The actions the state asserts that the federal defendants must take — permitting foreign drugs to be freely imported and approving (Vermont's) proposed plan for importing drugs from Canada — are directly contrary to current law."

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