Sunday, September 28, 2003

From the Amarillo (TX) Globe News:
State to order city store to close
The Texas State Board of Pharmacy will issue a letter within days to shut down Canada Drug Services of West Texas, officials at the state agency said Thursday.

The storefront business on Civic Circle opened two weeks ago and has distributed letters stating that prescriptions can be faxed by doctors or brought in by patients to the Wolflin Square office, said franchise owner Herman Harrell.

From the Boston Globe:
A retired insurance man and drug kingpin, of sorts
As he drove across Ohio, the Canadian drug importer G. Anthony Howard reveled in his newfound outlaw status. He was riding with his son, Robert, and an associate, Joseph Todd, all participants in the drug business, all the subject of cease-and-desist letters from the US Food and Drug Administration.

From the Iowa City Press Citizen:
Pharmacy college director discusses Canadian drugs
This week's Q&A is with Jordan Cohen, dean of the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy.

From the Rutland (VT) Herald:
Seniors hit road to buy medicine
Melvyn and Fern Pylka spent the sunshine hours of their wedding anniversary last week on a charter bus, hoping to toast their 48 years together with a nice, big price break on Fosamax, a popular drug to treat osteoporosis.

From the Hibbing (MN) Daily Tribune:
Pensioners buying Canadian drugs
For many Iron Range retirees faced with reduced pensions and discontinued health insurance, turning to Canada for prescription drugs has been one way of dealing with the financial crunch.

Pam Thompson, a retired National Steel employee from Hibbing, said she decided to look into ordering drugs over the Internet after her health insurance was discontinued at the end of July. Thompson, who is waiting to make her first order jointly with a friend so she can reduce shipping charges, said she expects to save more than 60 percent on the price of one medication.

From the Blue Springs (MO) Examiner:
Canada drugs
Desperate for affordable prescription drugs, many people are turning to Canada, where price controls allow the exact same drugs to be purchased at a price up to 80 percent less than those bought in the United States.

Highly publicized bus trips have been crossing the Canadian border for several years, filled with people willing to drive up to 1,000 miles just to buy the prescription drugs they need at lower prices.

From the Omaha Channel:
Rx Depot Ignoring Court Order To Shut Down
An Rx Depot of Canada store continues doing business in Lincoln two weeks after the U.S. Justice Department ordered the stores to close. Rx Depot helps customers buy price-controlled prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies. More elderly and self-employed people have turned to the stores in the wake of climbing U.S. prescription-drug prices. Rx Depot says customers usually save 30 percent or more versus getting prescriptions filled at a pharmacy in the United States.

From the Lincoln (IL) Courier:
Canadian drug plan hits road block
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich traveled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to try to persuade Congress and the Bush administration to allow states and local governments to buy lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada.

But he was met with substantial opposition from the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Yorkville, who cited a range of concerns, including consumer safety.

From the Daily Illini (IL):
Blagojevich joining fight over prescription drug costs
Gov. Rod Blagojevich has brought the issue of prescription drug price disparity between the U.S. and Canada to the forefront of the political scene.

Earlier this week he called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to reverse its policy on importing drugs from Canada to allow Illinois residents to import them.

"This is an opportunity to help people and tax payers in Illinois to save millions of dollars," said Abby Ottenhoff, a spokeswoman for Blagojevich.

From the Calgary Herald:
From law school to drug store giant
In barely a decade, University of Alberta law school grad Daryl Katz has assembled the seventh-largest drugstore retailer in North America, with annual sales of roughly $6 billion from 1,700 outlets across Canada and the U.S.

Through its nine retail banners -- seven in Canada, two in the U.S. -- Edmonton-based Katz Group Inc. has vaulted past Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu Group to become Canada's biggest pharmacy operator.

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