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Prescription Drug Imports

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson says he'll tell President Bush not to block legislation that would make importing prescription drugs legal.

Governor Doyle has been one of the biggest supporters of importing prescription drugs, and today he called this a turning point.

Secretary Thompson says he thinks legalizing prescription drug imports is inevitable and admits it will save consumers money.

Governor Doyle says he's been trying to tell people that all along. "When they can save 60 percent on the same drug, not even a generic version but the same drug, as in the U.S., they're going to go there."

Doyle said he understands having to fight drug companies that make money off high prescription costs, but he never understood why the federal government was against the idea.

“So I hope we are really seeing a change of heart - it does look like this is turning, that the administration is really listening to the people who are demanding lower cost prescription drugs."

And even though a vote may not happen any time soon, Thompson’s backing paves the way for republicans to get on board and for congress to pass this major piece of legislation.


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