Prescription Drugs

California Legislature approves bill encouraging Canadian prescription drugs

California lawmakers have approved bills to create government-sponsored Web sites to encourage residents to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. Even though both bills passed by huge majorities, they're expected to face almost certain vetoes by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. His spokeswoman says the governor doesn't want to violate federal law, which forbids drug imports from other countries. However, the executive director of a coalition of labor and consumer organizations says Schwarzenegger will be under pressure to decide if he's with families, seniors and uninsured patients or with the drug companies. One of the proposed Web sites would help residents find and buy Canadian imports. The other would warn of unsafe sources for purchasing drugs from Canada. States such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and Maine have similar Web sites.