Monday, June 06, 2005

Press Conference on Prescriptions from Canadian Pharmacy

We received this message from Rep. Hochberg's staff member, Rachel McClure:

Rep. Scott Hochberg and Sen. Rodney Ellis are holding a joint press conference in Houston this Wed. to urge Governor Perry to sign SB 410 which includes the Canadian pharmacy legislation. The Governor has until Sunday, June 19 to sign or veto the legislation.

Please tell your Houston membership about the press conference. It is open to the
public.

In addition, if your organization would like to help or any of your members - please write Governor Perry and urge him to sign the TX Board of Pharmacy sunset bill (SB 410). Send your letters of support to:

Governor Rick Perry
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, TX 78711

Here's the press release:

Hochberg, Ellis to Hold Press Conference on Reducing Costs on Prescription
Drugs
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(Austin)// Representative Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) and Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) will hold a press conference in Houston on June 8, 2005, at 11 a.m. to urge Governor Perry to sign the Canadian pharmacy legislation. The legislation will allow the Texas Board of Pharmacy to inspect Canadian pharmacies so that Texans will have safe options for less expensive prescription drugs.

Last month, Representative Hochberg amended SB 410 to establish a program that allows the Texas State Board of Pharmacy to inspect Canadian pharmacies which can later sell and ship prescription drugs directly to Texans once they pass inspection.
Participating Canadian pharmacies would be required to meet the same safety standard as any other pharmacy operating in Texas. Texans consumers would only be allowed to utilize a participating Canadian pharmacy for refill prescriptions.

The amendment was similar to legislation, HB 173 and SB 518, filed by Hochberg and Ellis. The plan is modeled after successful programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Illinois, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Vermont also have programs to help residents obtain less expensive prescription drugs from Canada.

WHAT: Reducing Cost of Prescription Drugs Press Conference

WHO: Representative Scott Hochberg
Senator Rodney Ellis

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 2005, 11a.m.

WHERE: Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Service
6200 North Braeswood
Houston, Texas 77074

(take Hwy 59 South, Beechnut exit, near Memorial Hospital-Southwest)

Here's our earlier post on the subject: Licensing Canadian Pharmacies in Texas.

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