Scott noncommittal on drug importation bill

Published: May. 9, 2018 at 12:03 PM EDT
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Vermont's Republican Gov. Phil Scott says he's going to study a bill that would set up a system to allow the state to import prescription drugs from Canada before deciding whether he will sign it.

Scott spokeswoman Rebecca Kelley said Wednesday the governor supports the goal of making prescription drugs more affordable, but he has questions about the implementation of the bill.

The National Academy for State Health Policy says Vermont is the first state in the nation to approve the importation of less costly prescription drugs from Canada.

The bill creates a mechanism to import drugs that are costly in the United States so cheaper ones can be made available to Vermonters.

The bill received unanimous support in the Senate and was approved 141-2 in the House.

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