Emerson renews push to import prescription drugs

Friday, March 6, 2009 | 10:53 a.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU — U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson is renewing a bill to import less expensive prescription drugs from Canada and other nations.

The bill filed Thursday would allow U.S.-licensed pharmacies and wholesalers to import FDA-approved medications from Canada as well as Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Emerson, a Republican from Cape Girardeau, has been pushing the legislation for five years.

She says it would provide savings of as much as 35 to 50 percent.

Emerson also is pushing for more authority for Medicare officials and other government providers of health care coverage to negotiate for better prices from drug makers.

Emerson spoke Thursday at President Obama's White House meeting on health care.

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