Wednesday, August 13, 2003

From the Boston Globe:
FDA calls Springfield drug plan illegal, but stops short of action
McClellan said the FDA would welcome discussions with Springfield Mayor Michael Albano over the city's program. While not ruling out future legal action, he said the agency would simply urge Albano to take a path other than one that leads across international borders.

From WDIV-TV (MI):
Prescription Prices Have Local Company Under Scrutiny
A Canadian watchdog group wants a Livonia company to stop supplying low-cost prescriptions to Michigan patients.

From the Billerica (MA) Minuteman:
Legislators, seniors urge more disclosure of Canadian drug costs
Dorothy Sokol was one of nearly 45 senior citizens who took a 10-hour bus trip to Montreal last June to buy prescription drugs. She saved more than $600 and sent a message to the government to stop "dragging their feet" on adopting a cheaper method for buying prescription drugs.

From KPOM-TV (AR):
Rx Depot Gets Temporary Legal Relief in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has given a reprieve to a business that acts as liaison between consumers and cheaper medicines in Canada.

The high court on Monday put a hold on a temporary restraining order that would have closed the Tulsa-based business.

The move by Acting Chief Justice Ralph Hodges allows Rx Depot to stay open. An Oklahoma County judge had ordered the business closed by August 31st.

From the Detroit News:
Canada may stop drug sales to U.S.
Metro Detroiters who rely on Canadian doctors and pharmacies to supply them with affordable prescription drugs are facing obstacles put up by pharmaceutical giants and professional regulatory agencies that oppose the practice.

From Yahoo News:
Joe Montana in Novartis Blood Pressure Campaign
Montana has signed a two-year deal with Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG for an undisclosed sum to be frontman for its "Take the Pressure Off" hypertension awareness campaign, which kicks off this week, and to promote Novartis's blood pressure medicine Lotrel.

From CBC News:
Jean Coutu Group buys 2 Pharmasave drug stores in Toronto area, may buy more
Canada's second-biggest drug store chain said Wednesday it acquired the outlets from Pharmasave Drugs (National) Ltd., a Langley, B.C., company that is Canada's third-biggest pharmacy operator behind Jean Coutu and Shoppers Drug Mart.

The Pharmasave stores - in east-end Toronto and in Nobleton, Ont., northwest of Toronto -will be operated as Pharmasave franchises by Jean Coutu, the Quebec company said in a release.

From the Boston Herald:
Drug price policies hurt cos., gov says
Gov. Mitt Romney admonished drug industry executives yesterday to change the way they set prices, taking into consideration public opinion.

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