Tuesday, January 04, 2005

From the Grand Forks (ND) Herald:
Pawlenty: Canada won't ban cross-border drug sales immediately
Canada isn't poised to ban prescription drug sales outside its borders immediately, a move that would cut off access to cheaper medications for more than 2 million Americans, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Tuesday. A ban still might come later, he said.

"We are temporarily relieved that a decision is not imminent," Pawlenty said at a news conference following a meeting with a Canadian consulate official. "That buys us a little more time."

Pawlenty, whose MinnesotaRxConnect.com Web site helps Minnesotans buy cheaper drugs from Canadian pharmacies, plans to lobby Congress and the Canadian government to allow drug reimportation to continue. He's also exploring the possibility of getting cheaper prescription medications from Europe, including Britain, Scandinavia and Switzerland.

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