Wednesday, August 06, 2003

From the Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune:
Whose drugs are unsafe?
The pharmaceutical industry has argued for years that lives will be endangered if Congress allows U.S.- made drugs to be reimported from Canada and Europe and sold at lower prices to consumers in the United States. The foreign supply line simply cannot be protected against tampering and neglect, says the industry.

But a few weeks ago, Americans received an alarming bit of news about the security of the supply line here at home -- 19 people were indicted by a Florida grand jury on charges of peddling fake and watered-down drugs.

Prosecutors say some of medicine, including drugs for AIDS and cancer patients, found its way into well- known chain drugstores like Walgreens and Eckerd. The indictments resulted from a state investigation of dozens of drug wholesalers.

From the (Toronto) Globe and Mail:
Canada's drug policies 'parasitic,' U.S. says
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accusing Canada of being "parasitic" in its drug policies that he believes keep drug prices lower here than in the United States.

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