State Wants to Buy Canadian Drugs

Sep 22, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

Govenor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois wants the federal government to allow states to import cheaper prescription medications from Canada to deal with rising prices, reports Reuters.

He urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reverse its “misguided” stance opposing states importing lower priced drugs because the agency says there is no way to
verify the safety of the imports.

Govenor Blagojevich wrote a letter to FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan pointing out that, in at least one case, the agency is already allowing Canadian prescriptions to be brought
into the country.

The AARP’s health plan UnitedHealth accepts claims for Canadian-bought prescriptions.

“If the FDA believes that prescription drugs produced in Canada are safe for seniors covered by AARP health plans, why would those same prescription drugs be unsafe for the people
of Illinois,” Blagojevich wrote in a letter to FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan.

Moderator’s Comment: What is the answer to the Canadian prescription import issue?

Annex Canada (just joking). [George
Anderson – Moderator

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