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Canadian Drug Plan Has Few Takers

By AP/KWMU

Springfield, Ill. – Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's plan to help seniors save money on prescription drugs is starting slowly.

It's been two months since Blagojevich announced "I-Save RX" to import cheaper drugs from Canada.

But only 1,100 people have signed up and bought prescriptions in the eligible states . That's out of five million estimated to be without health insurance in Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri.

Senior advocates say older people are cautious of such untested programs, particularly in the wake of recent drug recalls.

Blagojevich says seniors can save as much as 50 percent through the program. Spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff says numbers are increasing each week and that it's hard to measure its success because it's new.

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