Franken introduces prescription drug proposal

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May 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

WASHINGTON  D.C. (KNSI) - Minnesota Senator Al Franken has introduced legislation that would help get cheaper prescription drugs for seniors by allowing them to purchase their medications from certified Canadian pharmacies.

Franken wrote the bill with Senator John McCain of Arizona, and introduced the legislation as an amendment to a bill currently being debated on the Senate floor that is expected to pass this week.

The amendment would require Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to allow Americans to buy their prescription drugs from approved and certified pharmacies in Canada. HHS would also be required to develop a process to certify pharmacies where Americans can safely buy their prescriptions drugs and to make that list public on the Food and Drug Administration website.

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