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Minnesota governor wants tribes to import drugs

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said he has talked with tribes about importing prescription drugs from other countries.

Pawlenty testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee yesterday about his state's program that helps consumers buy cheaper drugs from Canada. The Food and Drug Administration contends the practice is illegal.

One way of getting around that, Pawlenty suggested after the hearing, was to have tribes do the work. He said he had preliminary talks with tribes in northern Minnesota last month.

The Red Lake Nation has discussed the idea with First Nations in Manitoba that own their own pharmacy.

Get the Story:
Pawlenty floats drug deal with Indians (The Minneapolis Star Tribune 2/17)
Pawlenty talks of using tribes to import drugs (AP 2/9)
Pawlenty, Pfizer executive defend drug importation (AP 2/9)

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