Monday, August 04, 2003

From the Boca Raton (FL) News:
Experts spark greater use of generic drugs
As the cost of brand name prescription drugs continues to soar, doctors, the government and HMOs are making an increasingly convincing case for buying generic drugs instead. Medical authorities point to studies which conclude that Americans can save an estimated $10 billion per year by opting to purchase the equivalent of a brand name drug.

From the National Post:
U.S. city buys its medicine from Canada
Wayne Lepine, manager of pharmaceutical policy at Health Canada: "We don't have any position on what American residents, or cities for that matter, do with respect to acquiring drugs. I think the issue is one for the Americans to adress."

From the St. Petersburg (FL) Times:
Lawmakers playing catchup on cheaper foreign drug sales, retirees say
Just before 3 a.m. Friday, a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives bucked a torrent of lobbying by drugmakers, the Food and Drug Administration and the Bush administration to pass a bill that gives Americans the go-ahead to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada and Europe.

Winifred McConnell of Clearwater was not impressed.

"I think they're a little late," said the 83-year-old retiree, who has been buying her drugs from Canada for about a year, saving hundreds of dollars. "As long as the Canadian company does a good job and their prices are better, I'm going to do business with them."

From the Boston Globe:
Canada fills prescriptions for Springfield employees
''Our health care costs have spiraled and we've been looking at new ways to contain costs,'' Albano said. ''I'm hopeful we'll serve as a model for the nation and get the attention of Congress.''

From the Kansas City Star:
Illegal or not, drug buys via Canada are thriving
Most contend re-importation will grow no matter what Congress does, as long as the market exists.

"This has a certain inevitability to it that they're not going to be able to stop," said Edward Coyle, executive director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, an AFL-CIO-associated group that sponsors bus trips to Canada from Northern border states. "Of course, none of this would be necessary if we had decent prescription drug coverage in this country."

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