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Maxwell applauds Illinois' drug assistance

September 30, 2004
By: Bente Birkeland
State Capital Bureau

As Illinois moves forward with its prescription drug plan, one Missouri politician wants his state to join the drug importation party. Bente Birkeland reports.

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With Illinois now directly helping residents buy prescription drug from Canada, Ireland, and the UK...Missouri Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell wants Missouri to follow suit

He blames Republican leaders and drug company lobbyists for a lack of progress.

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Contents: The state of Missouri should continue to move forward in the best interests of its citizens and not some special interest group.

Not everyone's a fan of importing drugs...the Food and Drug Administration says they can't guarantee the safety of imported drugs.

From the State Capitol, I'm Bente Birkeland.

Now that Illinois helps residents import prescription drugs, Missouri's Lieutenant Governor says his shtate should catch up. Bente Birkeland reports.

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Illinois is the first state in the country to help its citizens import low-cost prescription drugs.

Lieutenant Governor Joe Maxwell says Missouirans are in dire need of the same kind of help.

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Missouri's Senior Rx program already helps seniors afford prescription drugs, but Maxwell says the program doesn't go far enough.

From the State Capitol, I'm Bente Birkeland.

The federal government couldn't stop Illinois from helping it's citizens import prescription drugs.

But Missouri's lieutenant governor says the GOP is keeping his state from doing the same.

Bente Birkeland reports.

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