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To Save Money, Governor Schweitzer and Senator Dorgan Ask Secretary Sebelius’ Permission for States to Buy Drugs from Canada

Although his bill to legalize personal drug importation was not passed along with the new healthcare legislation, Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) has partnered with Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) to continue efforts to make safe and affordable medication accessible to their constituents. They are petitioning the Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, to allow their states to import prescription medicines from Canada, where price controls mean much lower drug costs for consumers. Dorgan and Schweitzer support personal drug importation because it will mean an estimated $400 million in annual savings for their states, as well as competitive pricing pressure on U.S. drug prices. (more…)

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