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Government warns Rhode Island on licensing Canadian drugs
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. The government is warning Rhode Island against licensing Canadian pharmacies to sell prescription drugs.

The warning came in a letter the Food and Drug Administration sent to Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch yesterday. The agency says Rhode Island's law allowing Canadian pharmacies to set up shop in the Ocean State violates federal law.

Rhode Island's law licenses Canadian pharmacies in the same way it licenses other mail-order pharmacies located out of state. No pharmacy has applied since the law went into effect ten days ago.

Many residents favor buying their medications from Canadian suppliers, because they're cheaper than drugs made here. The Rhode Island pharmaceutical industry argues the drugs could be dangerous, because there's no proof where they're manufactured.

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