Medicines Without Borders

The move is on to reimport foreign drugs

By early fall, Maurice Brown usually has to choose between skipping doses of his heart and asthma medicines or cutting back on other necessities. But not this year. Thanks to a bus trip organized by Representative Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the 65-year-old retired Vermont businessman has been getting medicine over the border, where prices are lower. He has bought several months' worth of U.S.-made medicine that would have cost $1,200 at home for only $500. And he wonders why the U.S. doesn't allow pharmacies and distributors to reimport drugs from Canada and elsewhere, giving other Americans the same opportunity to save big bucks.

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