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‘Pharmacy Tourism’ Bill in Washington Aims for State Savings

Jan. 21, 2020, 10:25 AM

Washington lawmakers want to take advantage of the state’s proximity to Canada by crafting bills to allow the importation of prescription medications from north of the border.

Lobbyists are pushing back on the measures, including one that would pick up travel expenses for state employees willing to cross the border to purchase cheaper drugs.

State Sen. Karen Keiser (D) described her “pharmacy tourism” bill at a Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee meeting Friday as a way for the state to save money on programs that cover government employees and those enrolled in Apple Care, the state Medicaid plan....

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