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Prescription Drugs / Springfield, Massachusetts, Plan / Dentzer Interview #736117

CNN Evening News for Monday, Aug 25, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Springfield, Massachusetts: Bob Franken) One Northeast town's plan to make prescription drugs affordable by importing them from Canada featured; scenes shown about how drugs can be ordered from an Ontario drug reimporter. [Diabetic Mike ALBANO†- talks about his drugs.] [Springfield, Massachusetts, Mayor Michael ALBANO†, Springfield police department Patrolman Roger LANDRY†- cite the savings for the city.] [Western Massachusetts Pharmaceutical Assn. Nicholas CREANZA†- worries about the guidelines.] The fiercely lobbied debate in Congress noted.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with "Newshour" health correspondent Susan Dentzer† about the drug import plans. [From Washington, DENTZER - talks about the regulatory systems in western countries & FDA concerns about broadening the channel of importation & opening up a market for counterfeiting; comments on the "efficiency" of reimporting drugs & putting pressure on the drug companies to lower prices; assesses the prospects for the Congressional legislation on drug importation.]

Brown, Aaron;
Franken, Bob

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