Vitter Seeks To Extend Provision Legalizing Canadian Prescription Drug Imports
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on Wednesday proposed an extension of aprovision included in last year's homeland security spending bill thatallows U.S. residents to bring back lower-cost prescription medicationsfrom Canada without the drugs being seized by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers, the New Orleans Times-Picayunereports. Vitter, along with Sens. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) and DebbieStabenow (D-Mich.), hopes to include the provision in the 2008 spendingbill.
"Our seniors are paying too much for their prescriptiondrugs and are turning toward Canada simply because it's cheaper. Ourcustoms and border agents should be focused on securing our border andnot consumed with harassing senior citizens bringing theirprescriptions across the border," Vitter said.
Vitter said theprovision would allow U.S. residents to import drugs from Canada if thedrugs are for personal use, are carried personally across the borderand are no more than a 90-day supply. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of Americacontinues to fight reimportation. PhRMA President and CEO Billy Tauzinsaid that no one can guarantee the safety of imported drugs (Alpert,New Orleans Times-Picayune, 7/26).
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