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Canada-Only Import Plan “Feasible,” HHS Says: Savings Would Be “Modest”

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The Bush Administration would accept a Canada-only importation program that focuses solely on high volume brands, HHS Secretary Thompson and Commerce Secretary Donald Evans indicated in a Dec. 21 letter to Congress

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