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Illinois is to estimate savings from letting its employees import cheap drugs

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 25 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:700
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    The governor of Illinois has fired the latest salvo at the Bush administration's policy of opposing the importation of cheap drugs from Canada.

    Rod Blagojevich has directed state officials to investigate how much money could be saved by allowing thousands of current and retired state employees to import prescription drugs from Canada.

    The governor's action is part of an ongoing revolt against the high cost of drugs in the United States, which can be bought from 25% to 80% more cheaply abroad.

    In July 2002 the US Senate …

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