Monday, August 25, 2003

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Gutknecht pushes drug-importation bill at town hall meeting
It was a bit like a revival meeting Monday, with Rep. Gil Gutknecht, R-Minn., exhorting a roomful of enthusiastic older Minnesotans to push Congress to open the door to importing drugs as a way to help save Americans from drug-company greed.

"This is not a debate between the right and the left," the conservative Republican said as he opened a congressional Town Hall Meeting on prescription drugs, with Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., by his side. "This is between right and wrong, and it is simply wrong to force Americans to pay the world's highest prices for prescription drugs."

From WIVB-TV (NY):
Schumer Pushes Plan to Reduce Cost of Prescription Drugs
Senator Schumer says he's not out to slay the drug companies, believing they should make a profit, and Schumer says don't believe those, who try to tell you the prescription drugs from Canada are not safe.

Importer of Canadian drugs closes
A drug discounter in Winston-Salem that shipped cheap Canadian prescription medications for U.S. Medicare recipients has closed its doors only three months after opening.

Rx Price is Right, which opened May 1 off Silas Creek Parkway, was one of five firms in North Carolina that were under a June cease-and-desist order from the N.C. Pharmacy Board. Like its sister firms, Rx Price is Right promised clients 50 percent savings on prescription medications shipped from Canada.

From WHTR-TV (IN):
New pharmacy in town gives patients a pricing alternative
He says people who want cheaper drugs just come in and get a quote. "Then they fill out a little bit of paperwork, medical questionnaire, patient information and customer agreement and with a payment. I fax that, all the information, up to a Canadian pharmacy."

From WISH-TV (IN):
Business Offers Discount Prescription Drugs
Senior citizens in Indiana who need prescription drugs now have a new place to shop.

It's the first day of business for RX Depot on the east side of Indianapolis on Shadeland Ave. RX Depot offers cheap versions of prescription drugs that are imported from Canada. However, the practice of importing such drugs from Canada has generated some controversy.

From (IN):
Indy Outlet Offers Cheaper Canadian Drugs
A service center to help people buy lower-cost prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies opened Monday morning on the city's east side.

From the Denver Post:
AG targets importing of drugs
Colorado should make it a felony to operate an unlicensed pharmacy by importing drugs from unregistered foreign pharmacies, Attorney General Ken Salazar told a group of independent pharmacists Sunday.

Salazar spoke to RxPlus Pharmacies at its annual meeting and discussed what his office is doing to combat the illegal sale of prescription drugs from Internet and mail-order sales.

In addition to stiffening penalties, a Salazar aide said the legislature should make it illegal to operate a website that charges people to connect them with unregulated pharmacies.

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