Tuesday, July 29, 2003

From the Gloucester County (NJ) Times:
General store links to Canada to shave medical costs
The American Drug Club franchise opens an outlet within a general store in Westville.

From The Advocate:
Senate unlikely to pass drug importation bill
...The bill passed 243-186 in the House, but congressional sources say the measure faces a "solid bipartisan wall" in the Senate that will likely lead to its defeat...

From the Boston Globe:
Canada vows drugs sent to US are safe
''We have a very similar approach in terms of the approval of clinical trials, the approval process for drugs, and also the monitoring of the import and export of drugs,'' said Etienne Ouimette, Canada's drug safety inspection chief, in a telephone interview. ''We have a very strong and rigorous process.''

From the Gloucester County (NJ) Times:
Andrews, LoBiondo fail to block measure to allow drug imports
Ten out of 13 New Jersey lawmakers at 2:51 a.m. Friday voted against a bill that would authorize pharmacies, wholesalers and pharmacy benefit management companies to import low-cost medications from Canada, Europe and other industrialized nations.

From the (Toronto) Globe and Mail:
Net pharmacies cheer new U.S. import bill
"This is very good news because the framers of the U.S. legislation have addressed the straw-man arguments about safety of imports that the U.S. drug industry has used to fight the reimportation issue."

From the Washington Post:
Pharmacies Willing to Buy From Overseas
Some U.S. pharmacies would be willing to buy American-made drugs overseas at lower cost under a new law being considered in Congress, industry executives said yesterday.

From CBC News:
Cdn drug sales in U.S. won't benefit Cdn pharmaceutical companies: analysts
"From my perspective, the major point in this whole thing is the United States isn't looking after their citizens," said Wayne Hindmarsh, dean of pharmacy at the University of Toronto.

From Bloomberg.com:
House Approves Bill to Allow Drug Imports From Canada
The U.S. House passed a bill to allow Americans to buy drugs from countries such as Canada, where government controls keep prices lower.

More than 1 million people in the U.S. use the Internet or take bus tours to Canada to buy drugs at an average discount of 67 percent, consumer advocates estimated. U.S. regulators generally don't enforce the law against purchases as long as people buy no more than a three-month supply for themselves.

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