Tuesday, September 16, 2003

From the Duluth (MN) News Tribune:
FDA Moves to Shut Down Canada Drug Broker
The government took the first step Tuesday toward shutting down the supply of a Canadian company's prescription drugs to city workers and retirees in Springfield, Mass.

But Springfield Mayor Michael Albano, after a 90-minute meeting with Food and Drug Administration officials Tuesday, said the legal warning was expected. The company, Ontario-based CanaRX Services Inc., "has a different interpretation of the law," Albano said.

From Reuters:
U.S. Warns Web Site Aiding Drug Imports from Canada
U.S. regulators, taking another step to stop prescription drug imports, on Tuesday warned a Detroit-based company that it was illegally helping Americans obtain cheaper medicines from Canada.

The Food and Drug Administration said the company, CanaRX Services Inc., was putting people's health at risk and making misleading assurances about the safety of its drugs. The company runs a Web site from which consumers can order medicines from Canadian pharmacies

From the Indianapolis Star:
Lilly, Burton at odds over importing drugs
A congressional forum in Indianapolis to drum up public support for a prescription drug importation bill brought a major hometown adversary out of the civic woodwork: Eli Lilly and Co.

The drugmaker bused in about 100 employees and several patients helped by Lilly drugs to speak against the bill and to target one of its staunchest advocates, U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind.

From the Indy Channel:
Lilly Workers Boo Burton During Drug Forum
Dozens of Eli Lilly and Co. workers booed U.S. Rep. Dan Burton during a congressional forum he sponsored to build support for allowing the importation of prescription drugs.

Burton, R-Ind., and Lilly long have been at odds over the bill, and Monday's forum demonstrated the divide between those who find it difficult to afford their prescription drugs and drug makers and regulators who raise safety and economic concerns about legalizing drug imports.

From KLTV (TX):
RX Depot Says Its Not Going Anywhere -- But It Is Changing Its Name
A Tyler company allowing East Texas seniors to get cheaper prescription drugs from Canada says it's here to stay. The news from RX Depot comes despite reports the FDA was trying to shut it down for breaking the law. RX depot owners in Tyler say they have not received any word from the government they are breaking the law. They say their lawyers have assured them they are not doing anything illegal. Senior customers were thrilled to hear the news and they hope the government will stop trying to take away their only option for cheaper drugs.

RX depot did say it was changing its name to Canadian RX Outpost effective today.

From the Lansing (MI) State Journal:
Canadian drugs draw few takers
About 20 people walked through the doors of 1456 E. Michigan Ave., the new American Drug Club outlet that connects mid-Michigan's "uninsured and underinsured" residents with Canadian pharmacies selling cheaper prescription drugs.

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