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Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2003 9:37 am | Updated: 1:09 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Supporters of Canadian drug reimportation are trying to put the issue center stage at the Arizona Legislature this fall.

Robert Morehouse, a member of the Arizona Silver Haired Legislature, a lobbying group, plans to introduce a resolution Oct. 15 that would support the purchase of prescription medication from Canada through reputable Arizona companies. The introduction will be attended by people who rely on medication from Canada, a physician and a representative of Scottsdalebased Prescription Drugs Canada, a business that links customers with prescription medication from Canada.

Morehouse said he plans to find a state lawmaker to introduce the resolution in the next legislative session. "I will do everything in my power to get anyone in the regular Legislature to carry it."

The push to highlight Canadian drug reimportation in Arizona follows efforts in other states such as Illinois, where a Canadian drug reimportation program was started in July for city employees of Springfield, Ill. Vermont and Maine have also expressed interest in drug reimportation.

In Arizona, drug reimportation has gained support from the Alliance for Retired Americans, a senior advocacy organization, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

But the issue has sparked opposition from the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, which has sent warning letters to several new businesses that help customers order prescription manager of Prescription Drugs Canada, said his company ensures safety by handdelivering prescriptions to Canadian pharmacies, which follow drug safety protocols that are as effective as those in the United States. The FDA, he added, has reported no illnesses due to medications from Canada.

Prescription Drugs Canada has about 10,000 customers, most of whom are seniors buying medications for chronic conditions. They save 30 percent to 70 percent, he said.

"We have to remember the motivation of the (state pharmacy) board. They are out to protect the profits of pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacists," said Korsunsky. "Essentially, they see us as competitors coming into the marketplace."

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