Tuesday, August 12, 2003

From CBC News:
NS authorities warn against buying from Net pharmacies
The College of Physicians and Surgeons in Nova Scotia is warning people against buying discount drugs over the Internet.

From the Washington Times:
Canadian online pharmacies vow to fight
Canadian Internet pharmacies are refusing to back down as big drug makers try to block exports of cut-price drugs from Canada.

From the Ottawa Citizen:
Why angry Americans are looking north
She's a white-haired American senior reminiscent of Granny Daisy Moses in The Beverly Hillbillies -- but with a fuming, mad-as-hell demeanour. And that image sends chills up the spines of the United States' biggest and most powerful drug companies.

Granny is a potent symbol in the current drug war between Canada's booming Internet pharmacies and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, also known as PhRMA, the richest and most influential drug companies in the world.

From the Lowell (MA) Sun:
Bill would allow Mass. residents to buy prescription drugs in Canada
State lawmakers are considering a plan that would make it legal for seniors and sick people to buy prescription drugs in Canada, where they cost 20 to 80 percent less.

"We are moving to prevent our citizens from making tough decisions: 'Should I buy my dinner tonight, or should I save that money to pay for my prescriptions?' Nobody should be faced with that choice," said Sen. Jarrett T. Barrios, a Cambridge Democrat who sponsored the bill.

From the Boston Channel:
Romney Tells Pharmaceutical Companies To Recraft Drug Pricing
Gov. Mitt Romney advised pharmaceutical companies Tuesday to recraft their drug-pricing strategies and avoid exorbitant executive pay in order to help avert a crisis that is taxing state budgets and sending seniors to Canada to fill their prescriptions.

Speaking at the Drug Discovery Technology conference, the Republican governor reverted to his days as a corporate consultant, urging the industry to be more conscious of the public relations impact of their financial decisions.

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