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Vermont becomes first state to permit drug imports from Canada

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The last thing we need is open borders for unsafe drugs in search of savings that cannot be safely achieved," Azar, a former top executive at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, said. "

The Vermont bill was modeled on legislation drafted by the National Academy for State Health Policy, a nonpartisan group that has convened state officials to come up with ideas for addressing rising drug costs. Vermont also has not yet established a funding mechanism to pay for the program.

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