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US agrees to cheap drug imports—as Florida officials break fake drugs ring

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7409.246-a (Published 31 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:246
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    In a move to cut the cost of prescription drugs in the United States, the House of Representatives last week passed (by 243 to 186) a bill permitting Americans to import cheaper drugs from Canada and Europe.


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    Chellie Pingree, Maine Democratic US Senate candidate, meets Norman Quirion, who claims he saved $2500 a year buying his drugs in Canada

    Credit: MICHAEL C YORK/AP

    The bill requires the Food and Drug Administration to establish a system allowing the import of FDA approved drugs from FDA approved facilities …

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