Sunday, October 31, 2004

Some candidates endorse Ky. importing drugs from Canada


Republican Thayer signs on to proposal backed by Dems

By Patrick Crowley
Enquirer staff writer

Kentucky Sen. Damon Thayer said the state should consider buying drugs from Canada for health care programs that cover state employees including teachers.

"I'm in favor of a reasonable approach of drug reimportation from Canada if we can ensure the drugs are safe and legal," said Thayer, a Georgetown Republican running for reelection in Kentucky's 17th Senate District.

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"It could help bring down the costs of prescription drugs," Thayer said Friday.

Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen, a Democrat, has issued a report claiming Kentucky can save $107.6 million a year by reimporting drugs from Canada.

Reimporting drugs from Canada is illegal under federal law. But Luallen has called on Gov. Ernie Fletcher's administration to follow the lead of other states in seeking a waiver from the federal government to allow the flow of cheaper drugs into Kentucky. Fletcher is considering the idea.

Democrats have used the issue politically this campaign season. Luallen campaigned with Thayer's opponent, Democrat Cliff Wallace, on Thursday, touting drug importation to voters at the Independence Senior Center.

Earlier this month Luallen appeared at a fund-raiser for Democrat Kathy Groob, who is challenging Republican incumbent Sen. Jack Westwood of Crescent Springs in Kenton County's 23rd Senate District race.

"We need to do something to lower the costs of pharmaceuticals, especially for our seniors," Wallace said. "It's an issue I hear about everywhere I go to campaign."

The 17th Senate District covers Grant, Owen and Scott counties as well as southern Kenton County south of Interstate 275. It includes the large Kenton County communities of Independence and Taylor Mill.

E-mail pcrowley@enquirer.com




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