Senior Legislature Addresses Issues of Prescription Drugs


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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, October 22, 2004
The proposals from the California Senior Legislature ranged from increasing inspections at senior residential facilities to requiring that hearing aids be sold over the counter. But bills approved this year by the real state legislature and ultimately vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger got a lot of attention. Senior Assemblyman Edward Woods says access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada has become a top issue. Cut: Woods1 (:12) “When you think people on fixed income have to think about am I going to buy food for today or am I going to buy this prescription… it becomes a very critical area.” In his veto messages, Governor Schwarzenegger noted that federal law prohibits importing drugs from Canada and cited concerns over liability. Senior legislators will now lobby state lawmakers to carry their proposals as actual bills next year. SOC