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Reimportation

Pharmaceutical prices in other developed countries like Canada average about 50% of the US prices, so consumers - including third party purchasers and state governments - have been able to save substantial sums of money by reimporting FDA-approved medicines from abroad.  From time to time customs and other federal officials have sought to ban the popular practice, so legislation to explicitly legalize reimportation has been introduced in Congress each year since the late 1990s.  Past legislation has been popular with legislators and everyday Americans, but opposed by the President. However, all leading presidential candidates last year signed onto Sen. Dorgan's popular reimportation as cosponsors. 

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