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BUSH ANSWER ON DRUG IMPORTS IS DIFFICULT TO SWALLOW

When asked during the second presidential debate why he blocked the reimportation of safer and inexpensive drugs from Canada, President Bush replied, "When a drug comes from Canada, I want to make sure it cures you and doesn't kill you." Huh? Did I miss something? Is there an epidemic of Canadians dying from bad prescription drugs?

Tom McGinnis, director of pharmacy affairs for the Food and Drug Administration, said that he couldn't come up with one case of an American dying or even becoming ill from prescription drugs purchased in Canada. Similarly, Health Canada had no information of any American becoming ill or dying from these medicines. These are U.S.-made medications sold to Canadian pharmacies at greatly reduced prices.

During the 2000 campaign, Bush said that getting low-cost drugs from Canada "made sense." I'm afraid his latest answer on prescription drugs is a bit hard to swallow.

Mark Coughlin

Kenmore