Montana Pharmacists Not Consulted on Drug Import Plan

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – Pharmacists say Gov. Brian Schweitzer didn’t consult them about his latest plan to import prescription drugs to Montana from Canada.

The Montana Pharmacy Association says a lot of unanswered questions remain.

Schweitzer and U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota are asking the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary for a pilot program allowing the two states to import lower-cost medicine from Canada.

Starla Blank, a pharmacist, told lawmakers in Helena this week that her group wonders whether the program could ensure safety for patients ordering and buying drugs imported from Canada.

Schweitzer says the drugs would be shipped to Montana pharmacies and that other details will be worked out if federal regulators approve the idea.

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