Canadian Drugs

By: Erica Hurtt
By: Erica Hurtt

Gov. Rod Blagojevich was on Capitol Hill Wednesday, urging legislators to let state and local governments import drugs from Canada. We can see a huge cost savings from imported drugs, but some say it's not worth the risk.

Affordable prescription drugs opened its doors on North Alpine Road about a week ago, and the phones are ringing off the hook as stateliners look for a remedy to the high cost of prescription drugs. All you need is a prescription, then McAllister's store forwards it to a pharmacy in Canada. The pharmacy ships the drugs about ten days later.

But not everyone is excited about the big savings. One state lawmaker says there good prices aren't worth some serious safety risks.

Syverson says it's not legally for Americans to import drugs from Canada. He says the governor's proposal to let state governments buy drugs in Canada is a short-term solution and eventually the Canadians will put a stop to it, but in tough economic times, Don McAllister says cheaper Canadian drugs are just what the doctor ordered.

"I can't afford to pay $300 for a prescription that I can get in Canada for $80 or $90. I need those savings and I'm sure there are a lot of other people who do too," says McAllister.

McAllister says not all prescription drugs can be ordered from Canada and his company offers no refunds or exchanges, so make sure your order is right.


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