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The Boston Globe reports this morning that Mayor Thomas Menino plans to announce that the city will import prescription drugs from Canada for thousands of city workers and retirees, a move that the city believes could cut about $1 million a year from its $61 million prescription drug bill.

The city is taking the initiative despite warnings by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that medicines imported from Canada are not as safe as those bought in the US. Reimportation is illegal, though a number of states and municipalities are engaging in the practice as a way of closing budget deficits.

The US Congress has instructed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review whether drugs can be safely imported from Canada.
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