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US governor plans to import cheaper drugs from Australia and New Zealand

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7511.256-c (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:256
  1. Bob Burton
  1. Canberra

    A report prepared for the Illinois governor has recommended importing personal prescription drugs from Australia and over the counter drugs from New Zealand as part of a programme facilitating access to cheaper drugs for US citizens.

    The report by the Office of the Special Advocate for Prescription Drugs for the Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, assessed which drugs could be sourced from Australia and New Zealand for inclusion in the scheme.

    Under the I-SaveRx scheme, refill prescriptions drafted by American doctors in Illinois, Wisconsin, Kansas, Missouri, and Vermont residents are written and filled via doctors …

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