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Massachusetts Mayor Tests FDA over Canadian Drugs

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Massachusetts Mayor Tests FDA over Canadian Drugs

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Massachusetts Mayor Tests FDA over Canadian Drugs

Massachusetts Mayor Tests FDA over Canadian Drugs

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The mayor of Springfield, Mass., is at odds with the Food and Drug Administration over a cost-cutting plan. He's using Canadian suppliers to acquire bulk quantities of prescription drugs for the city's 9,000 employees. Prescription drug costs account for nearly 20 percent of the city's budget — and they're up to 80 percent cheaper at Canadian pharmacies. Pippin Ross reports.