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Blagojevich To Release Report Today on Importing Drugs

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Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (State of Illinois photo)

By AP/KWMu

Chicago, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich plans to release a report Monday on the possibility of letting state employees and retirees import prescription drugs from Canada.

That study is expected to show the state could save more than $90 million each year, $56 million of which currently comes from the state budget.

Importing the drugs is illegal; Gov. Blagojevich has urged the Food and Drug Administration to change that policy. The FDA and drug companies have argued that using Canadian suppliers would present health and safety issues.

The governor appointed two people to prepare a report about the feasibility providing employees and retirees with lower-cost Canadian prescription drugs.
A spokeswoman also says the report documents Canadian safety precautions similar to those imposed in this country by the FDA.

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