Wednesday, August 27, 2003

From the Providence (RI) Journal:
Froma Harrop: Big Pharma facing big challenge
Big Pharma is fighting a war it's bound to lose. If American pharmaceutical companies know what's good for them, they'll sue for peace and try to get the best terms available. So far, though, they've been going for total victory. To them, that means defeating all efforts to lower the prices they charge Americans.

From Quicken:
FDA Warns Cities, States About Buying Canadian Drugs
Federal regulators are moving to stall a drive by some cash-strapped state and city governments to acquire cheaper Canadian pharmaceuticals for their employees, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The Food and Drug Administration wrote to the state of California yesterday that state, city and county governments that import prescription drugs from Canada will nearly always be in violation of federal law. The agency also said that federal laws pre-empt state, city or county efforts to legalize the importation of drugs from Canada.

From the Hartford (CT) Courant:
Rep. Sanders To Do Four State Drug Blitz
"If we can pass a strong drug reimportation bill in the Senate, similar to what was passed in the House, we can lower the cost of prescription drugs in the country by 30 (percent) to 50 percent," Sanders said Wednesday. "And I intend to make that happen."

From the Wakefield (MA) Observer:
Making affordable prescriptions a reality
Commentary by Rep. Mike Festa who represents the 35th Middlesex District, which includes Wakefield precincts 3, 4, 5 and 6.

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