CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – Upset over the Food and Drug Administration’s refusal to allow reimportation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, government leaders in New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont plan to meet in September.

“Vermont and Maine have both reached out to us,” said Alicia Preston, the governor’s spokeswoman. Discussions are under way to set a date for the meeting.

Legal options and alternatives for getting lower cost medications likely will be discussed, she said.

Vermont recently announced plans to sue the FDA for denying its request to import medicine from Canada.

“We haven’t been asked to join but certainly we’re open to any discussion Maine and Vermont want to have,” Preston said Wednesday about the lawsuit.

The governor’s office heard from both states this week as Vermont called to inform the governor about its lawsuit and Maine called to learn more about New Hampshire’s relationship with Canadadrugs.com.

Gov. Craig Benson in April set up an Internet link to a Canadian online pharmacy and invited New Hampshire residents to order medication from the company.

The Food and Drug Administration vigorously has opposed programs to allow residents to import cheaper drugs from Canada, arguing they put Americans at risk for counterfeit and unsafe medications.


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