By Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2021

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Senate has passed legislation aimed at providing access to lower-cost prescription drugs.

Senators passed the three bills Friday in separate floor votes. Two of the bills set up a state-run, wholesale drug import program to buy cheaper medication from Canada. The third bill establishes a process for referencing pricing using data from four Canadian provinces, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

The Senate Human Services Committee last month heard from North Dakota residents who have opted to buy drugs from Canada or other foreign countries due to cheaper prices.

“We’re looking to try and fix that for North Dakota’s consumers and our own Public Employees Retirement System,” the bills’ sponsor Sen. Howard Anderson told the Senate.

The bills, amended since their hearings last month, now go to the House.

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