Sunday, August 10, 2003

From the Ottawa Citizen:
U.S. wants Internet drug stores offline
"We've certainly looked at it to make sure the Internet pharmacies comply with Canadian law. And as far as Health Canada is concerned, they do."

From the Edmonton Journal:
Signing for a fee: Doctors in the drug trade
Few medical practices are more secretive: A handful of doctors across Canada co-sign millions of prescriptions each year for American patients they never meet, earning lucrative fees for their efforts.

The practice is big business. Without those co-signing Canadian doctors, Canada's Internet pharmacies could not exist.

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
Get cheaper drugs, easier
People who are shopping around for cheaper prescription drugs are finding deals at a surprising place: Their local mall.

Businesses that help consumers buy medications from Canada for less than domestic prices have been springing up across the country in the past year or two, even though they're technically illegal.

Now they're becoming such a part of mainstream America that they can be found in mall storefronts and kiosks near the Gap and Starbucks.

From the Washington Times:
Storefronts offering low-priced drugs from Canada
Diane Dewar, weary of federal promises to combat the rising cost of prescription drugs, last week ordered hers from an organization that helps import the goods from Canada and delivers them for about half of what she would pay in the United States.

From the New Philadelphia (OH) Times Reporter:
Ohio stores order drugs from Canada
Instead of traveling to Canada to buy cheaper prescription drugs, some Ohioans are turning to stores that order medicine to be shipped over the border.

At No Borders USA, which opened in April in the Parmatown Mall in suburban Parma, customers bring in their prescriptions and the store orders the medicines from a pharmacy in Calgary, Alberta.

From the Ottawa Citizen:
Montana officials file suit to halt ordering of Canadian drugs by mail
State regulators in Montana have filed suit against Rx Depot to close the Billings storefront of the mail-order company that arranges to bring discounted prescription medicines from Canada.

The Montana Board of Pharmacy filed suit last week in District Court in Helena seeking the depot's immediate closure. The business is violating a variety of state and federal laws designed to protect consumers, the lawsuit alleges.

From the Montana Forum:
Cheaper drugs from Canada forbidden here
Retiree Zenda Koch wasn’t about to starve, but it was getting harder to pay up to $250 a month for the medications she needs to control a variety of ailments, including arthritis.

The 58-year-old Billings retiree had built up some savings, but her account was draining quickly. She cut down her cable bill, then stopped going to movies and began limiting her gasoline consumption. She also stopped going to the dentist.

Not long ago, relief blew in like a cool north wind. A new business in Billings is helping her get the drugs she needs from a pharmacy in Canada, but at a dramatic discount. She recently obtained a three month supply for $210.

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