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Poll shows big support for imported drugs

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Most Americans asked say they favor allowing imported prescription drugs from Canada and other countries if they are much less expensive, a new poll shows.

That is the feeling of 80 percent of those responding to a Wall Street Journal-Harris Interactive poll, conducted Aug. 23-25, it was reported Thursday.

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Further, two-thirds of respondents believe the ban against imported drugs is mainly for the benefit of drug companies and 9 percent feel strongly that it helps protect Americans from harmful drugs.

More than three-quarters of those polled answered in the affirmative when asked whether they believe confiscating drugs at the Canadian border jeopardizes the health of some Americans. Some 15 percent disagree.

And 84 percent of those surveyed said they agree with making it legal to import drugs from Canada if they are approved by Health Canada, that country's drug regulatory agency, compared with 9 percent who said no.

The poll data came from responses from 2,295 adults and have a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

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