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Blagojevich Will Snub Ban on Drug Importation

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Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich (KWMU file photo)

By AP/KWMU

Chicago, IL – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says the state will have a website running within a month to help Illinoisans buy drugs from Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The governor says the state plans to contract with a Canadian company to connect people who live in Illinois with a network of foreign pharmacies that have been approved by state health inspectors.

Blagojevich says Illinoisans should be able to take advantage of cheaper drug prices offered abroad.

His proposal ignores a federal ban on prescription drug imports. And critics, including U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, say Blagojevich can't guarantee that those drugs are safe. Hastert told a Chicago radio station that the governor "should be personally liable" if anyone is hurt by the drugs.

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