Wednesday, August 20, 2003

From the Brookline (MA) Tab:
Smizik supports affordable prescription drug bill (second item)
At a press conference today on Beacon Hill, Smizik supported Senator Jarrett T. Barrios, D-Cambridge), Representative Michael Festa, D-Melrose, and Senator Linda Melconian, D-Springfield) in their efforts to provide detailed specifics of a bill that has launched Massachusetts into the national spotlight as the first state to use the free-market in Canadian prescription drugs to save senior citizens, sick residents, and the state hundreds of millions of dollars.

From the Berkshire (MA) Eagle:
Springfield mayor urges Pittsfield to adopt Canadian drug program
Springfield Mayor Michael Albano appeared in Pittsfield yesterday, preaching the gospel of his conversion to Canadian prescriptions. Over the past month, about 700 of the roughly 7,000 enrollees in his city's municipal health plan have joined the effort, and he believes his city can save between $4 million and $9 million a year as participation grows, helping cushion the loss of $4.4 million in state funds that forced him to lay off 76 police officers, 52 firefighters and 195 other public employees.

From the Providence (RI) Journal Bulletin:
East Providence Mayor: Buy medicines from Canada
Saying that if the city of Springfield, Mass., can do it, East Providence can do it, too, Mayor Rolland R. Grant is proposing that the city buy prescription drugs from Canada as a way of reducing the cost of health care for the city and its taxpayers.

From the South Florida Business Journal:
Kos partner to sell drugs in Canada
Mississauga, Ontario-based Oryx Pharmaceuticals will receive exclusive commercialization rights to Niaspan and Advicor in Canada, Kos said. The Miami drug maker also said the Oryx deal means Niaspan and Advicor are potentially available in every country around the world except Japan. (Editor Note: Niaspan and Advicor are two very commonly requested products that Canadian pharmacies cannot supply.)

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