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Blagojevich Asks for Canadian Drug Probe

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By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is asking for a state probe into whether drug manufacturers are illegally blocking access to cheaper drug prices from Canada.

The governor today asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office to look into whether the companies have committed antitrust violations by limiting supply to Canadian pharmacies and wholesalers.

Last month Blagojevich proposed that Illinois should consider importing drugs from Canada to take advantage of much lower prices there.

But federal law prevents bringing foreign drugs into the country, and critics say the practice could be dangerous and harmful to business.

The governor says the state will take action if it learns that drug companies are violating the law to keep prices high.

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