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Capitol Health Call
May 11, 2005

Drug Reimportation Talks

JAMA. 2005;293(18):2204. doi:10.1001/jama.293.18.2204-c

Republican and Democratic senators have opened talks on the potential for reimportation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. Republican Senators David Vitter (La) and John Thune (SD) are backing a bill identical to a House bill by Rep Gil Gutknecht (R, Minn). They have been meeting with Sen Byron Dorgan (D, ND), who, because of the importation issue, temporarily blocked the nomination of Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, to be head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last year. Dorgan is sponsoring a bill that is a revised version of one he introduced last year, which would allow US residents to reimport as much as a 90-day supply of prescription drugs for personal use from Food and Drug Administration-approved Canadian pharmacies.

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