Move to al­low pur­chase of Cana­dian drugs re­jected

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The Se­nate failed to pass an amend­ment that would have al­lowed in­di­vid­u­als to buy pre­scrip­tion drugs from Canada for per­sonal use. The Se­nate voted 45-55 against the amend­ment to the Agri­cul­ture, Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion, and Re­lated Agen­cies Ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill. The amend­ment, which needed 60 votes to move for­ward, would have pro­hib­ited the FDA from pre­vent­ing the im­por­ta­tion of FDA-reg­u­lated pre­scrip­tion drugs from Canada by an in­di­vid­ual not in the busi­ness of im­port­ing drugs. Sen. David Vit­ter (R-La.), the amend­ment’s author, said in a news re­lease that it would have pro­vided a less ex­pen­sive op­tion for in­di­vid­u­als seek­ing to buy pre­scrip­tion drugs for their own use. In­di­vid­u­als would have the op­tion to or­der pre­scrip­tion drugs from Canada by mail or In­ter­net, and could have im­ported the drugs back to the U.S. in per­son. The “per­sonal im­por­ta­tion” of pre­scrip­tion drugs could limit as­sur­ances of consumer safety and re­duce pa­tient ac­cess to ser­vices pro­vided by phar­ma­cists, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the National As­so­ci­a­tion of Chain Drug Stores.

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