Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Canadian supplier drops out of Illinois governor's drug-import plan

From Metro News:
The Canadian supplier of low-cost drugs to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's drug-import program has dropped out, saying state officials are just paying lip service to its promotion.

Pegasus Health Services Ltd. of Calgary says it has filled its last prescription for I-SaveRx - a lower-cost prescription drug program that Blagojevich has trumpeted as an effort to help people.

But U.S. law prohibits imports of foreign drugs and the creation of the program is among the impeachment charges against Blagojevich.

The Illinois governor is boycotting the state senate's trial over his ouster.

Company official Lewis Jorgenson says the program cost Pegasus hundreds of thousands of dollars, but Illinois and the four other states that joined showed no follow-through.

He would not specify how much the company - the only vendor for I-SaveRx - has lost, but says the last prescription was filled Dec. 31.

"It looks good in the press, that they're starting the I-Save program, but they just talk about it, there's no action, so it's just a waste of everybody's time," Jorgenson told The Associated Press on Monday. ...more

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