November 30, 2004

Kansas to Join in Helping to Import Drugs

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas is joining three other states in a program aimed at helping residents import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada and Europe, a spokeswoman for Gov. Kathleen Sebelius confirmed Tuesday.

The program, started by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in October, works through a Canada-based clearinghouse to connect consumers to pharmacies and wholesalers in Canada and Europe that are approved by Illinois health inspectors. The program promises savings of up to 50 percent on about 100 prescription drugs.

Wisconsin and Missouri also are participating.

Blagojevich and Sebelius are scheduled to host a Tuesday news conference in Topeka to make a formal announcement of Kansas joining the program.