Tuesday, September 02, 2003

From the Boston Globe:
Americans find jump in cost of drugs from Canada
Americans are paying sharply higher prices when they buy many popular prescription drugs from Canada over the Internet, a sign that US drug makers are beginning to succeed in their efforts to disrupt cross-border purchases.

From the Washington Post:
An Unlikely Pair Fights For Cheaper Medications
Frost's question is music to Reps. Rahm Emanuel and Gil Gutknecht, the congressional odd couple pitching just such a plan. So far, Emanuel, an Illinois Democrat, and Gutknecht, a Minnesota Republican, are winning the fight, despite opposition from corporate and political heavyweights. In defiance of the Bush administration, Republican congressional leaders and the pharmaceutical industry, the House in July approved a bill that would allow Americans to shop for prescription medications outside the United States.

From the Lansing (MI) State Journal:
Area seniors tapping Canada's prescription drug supply
More mid-Michigan seniors are looking to Canada to buy their prescription drugs rather than paying an average of 40 to 60 percent more in their own country.

They're signing up for bus trips to Canadian pharmacies, buying Canadian drugs over the Internet and calling local agencies on aging to save money on the drugs that ease their pain and help them live longer.

From Canada.com:
Allowing drug ads would send sales, costs soaring in Canada: study
musing over whether to allow drug companies to advertise prescription drugs should expect huge increases in the costs of medicare and employee drug plans if Canada goes that route, a study published Tuesday suggests.

That's because drug advertising aimed at consumers prompts people to ask their doctors for new, expensive drugs, driving up sales by as much as $3.50 for every advertising dollar spent, according to an accompanying editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

From the (Toronto) Globe and Mail:
Drug advertising bad for medicare, CMA says
Allowing direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs in Canada would be a bonanza for the media, generating an estimated $360-million a year in new ads.

But the demand it created would also spur as much as $1.2-billion a year in new drug sales, and the beleaguered medicare system would have to bear most of that cost, according to an editorial in Tuesday's edition of the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

From the Lenawee (MI) Daily Telegram:
GUEST COMMENTARY: Government must rework prescription drug policy
By Nick Smith, R-Addison, represents the 7th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The American consumer is innovative. Forced to pay higher and higher prices for new medications, we look for other ways.

Some corporations that have promised their retirees drug coverage, as well as some senior groups, suggest government should increase taxes on everyone to pay part of the drug costs of seniors.

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