Legislation has been introduced to allow Missourians to purchase their prescription drugs through qualified pharmacies in Canada. The legislation would put into statute an executive order issued by then-Governor Bob Holden, allowing Missourians to join with residents of four other states to buy less expensive prescription drugs from Canada. It’s sponsored by House Speaker Rod Jetton of Marble Hill, who points out the federal government – as a rule – prohibits the importation of drugs from outside the country, but exempts individuals. Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, Missouri’s advocate for senior citizens, thinks this will be of great benefit to the elderly. The proposal also has the support of several groups working on behalf of senior citizens, including AARP Missouri, the Aging Federation of Missouri, and the Silver Haired Legislature. Jetton says a bill will be crafted and introduced shortly after lawmakers return from their Spring break.
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