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Missouri joins Illinois, Wisconsin in drug import plan

[JURIST] Missouri Governor Bob Holden announced today that his state is joining Illinois and Wisconsin in a program to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and Europe despite a federal ban on the imports. The I-SaveRx program was launched this month to offer consumers in participating states savings of up to 50% on approximately 100 medications. At a press conference with Governor Blagojevich of Illinois, Governor Holden said "[t]he federal government’s refusal to stand up to the drug companies has penalized our citizens for too long. This is a program that will help Missourians and it will also help force a change in drug policies in this country." The FDA, which currently opposes such imports, sent Governor Blagojevich a letter in June denying Illinois a waiver to import drugs from Canada, but as yet the federal government has not blocked the program. Governor Holden's website has details. AP has more.

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