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Recently introduced Michigan House bills aim to give access to cheaper drugs from Canada


By Marian Johns | Dec 13, 2019


Two bills recently introduced in the Michigan House by Reps. Tommy Brann (R-Wyoming) and Steven Johnson (R-Wayland) are aiming at giving state residents access to cheaper prescription drugs that are imported from Canada. 

According to a recent Michigan Advance article by Allison Donahue, many Michigan residents "cross the border into Canada" to find their prescription medications at cheaper prices, including one family Brann stated saves $6,500 a year on diabetes medication. 

“We’re all fed up with the high cost of prescription drugs,” Brann was quoted in the article. “The patient will be able to go directly to the pharmacist to get the drug.” 

According to Donahue's article, no action was taken on the bills with critics concerned about not having control over regulation of the prescriptions and Canada's ability to keep up with demand. 

The bills are House Bill 4978 and House Bill 4979.

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