Wednesday, September 10, 2003

From the Canadian Press:
Oklahoma drug company importing from Canada vows to stay open
The Tulsa location of a company ordered to shut down by the U.S. Justice Department instead spent Wednesday dealing with a rush of customers wanting to access cheaper Canadian drugs.

Several senior citizens jammed into a small kiosk operated by Tulsa-based Rx Depot, one day before the American government said the company must agree to close its 85 U.S. storefronts or be sued. "It's going to save us a little over $100 a month," said retiree Jack Turner as he and wife, Janice, visited the shop for the first time. "On a fixed income, that means quite a bit to us."

From the San Diego Channel:
Stores Threatened For Selling Canadian Prescription Drugs
The United States Justice Department is threatening to shut down three San Diego stores that provide low-cost prescription drugs from Canada.

The government sent a letter Tuesday to the company that operates three local stores called "RX of Canada."

From the San Diego Union Tribune:
U.S. warns Rx Depot to shutter all stores
The Justice Department yesterday gave drug importer Rx Depot a final chance to shut down its U.S. storefront operations before the department takes legal action, but the company vowed to continue doing business.

Rx Depot – which operates three local stores in La Mesa, Vista and Hillcrest under the name Rx of Canada – acts as a middleman for customers to order prescription drugs through Canadian pharmacies. Because of government price controls in Canada, drugs are often 50 percent cheaper than in the United States.

From Channel Oklahoma:
Tulsa-Based Drug Company Vows To Stay Open
A Tulsa-based company ordered to shut down by the Justice Department instead spent Wednesday dealing with a rush of customers wanting to access cheaper Canadian drugs.

Several senior citizens jammed into a small kiosk operated by Rx Depot in Tulsa, one day before the government said the company must close its 85 storefronts nationwide or be sued.

From WISH-TV (IN):
Indiana Board of Pharmacy Warns RX Depot
A new kind of drug store opened in Indianapolis just ten days ago and already there is controversy brewing. RX Depot helps people get cheaper medicine from Canada.

The Indiana Board of Pharmacy gave the company a warning.

From WBBH (FL):
Au revoir to discount Canadian drugs?
The federal government is trying to shut down discount Canadian pharmacy operations in Florida. It's bad news for thousands who benefit from the low cost prescription drugs.

From WBAL (MD):
U.S. Seniors Visit Canada For Cheaper Drugs
An increasing number of Americans are buying Canadian prescription drugs and some doctors want to make sure that bargain is a safe one.

Prescription drugs in Canada are much cheaper than those in the United States, 11 News reported. In fact, the Canadian prices are so competitive that senior citizens are boarding buses to head north and stock up on medications.

From the Bella Vista (AR) Weekly Vista:
Canadian drug companies offer prescription alternative
Prescriptions filled in Canada and shipped to the United States are less expensive than those filled locally, sometimes saving consumers as much as 50 percent.

It's a fact almost a million Americans a year try to take advantage of, according to a recent article in the AARP Bulletin Online, and a number of companies have sprouted up to help them do just that.

From WAVE (KY):
Canadian Prescription Drug 'Broker' Opens Louisville Storefront
For the first time that we know of, one of those controversial outlets that sell heavily discounted prescription drugs from Canada has opened in Kentucky, right in the heart of Louisville. State regulators say they will try to shut it down. Similar businesses in Indiana are already being forced to close their doors.

From the Kansas City Channel:
Authorities Go After Company That Ships Prescription Drugs From Canada
The state of Kansas also has Rx Depot in the crosshairs. The attorney general is demanding that Rx Depot change its name. It is apparently illegal for any business in the state to use "Rx" in its name unless a licensed pharmacist is employed there. No pharmacist works at Rx Depot.

From the Edmonton Journal:
AMA loses bid to deny drug firms patient prescription information
A bid to protect the privacy of patient prescriptions from the prying eyes of drug companies has suffered a huge setback after a major health data company announced it won't let doctors protect their drug purchasing information.

From the Globe and Mail:
Generic drug makers jump legal guns
GlaxoSmithKline PLC yesterday faced a big sales loss following the launch of the first generic copy of its top-selling Paxil antidepressant drug in the United States, several months earlier than expected.

The decision by privately held drug maker Apotex Inc.. of Toronto to launch now, before the start of a trial in Philadelphia on two of Glaxo's patents, reflects an increasingly aggressive -- and risky -- approach by makers of generic medicines in their dash to market.

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