Sunday, September 21, 2003

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Doyle to join effort to buy drugs in Canada
Gov. Jim Doyle will try to change federal rules forbidding Wisconsin from buying lower-cost drugs from Canada for state employees, a spokesman said Friday.

"The governor believes prescription drug prices are just too high, and Gov. Doyle feels the same way as the Illinois governor does, and we are looking at what needs to be done to bring down prices," said Dan Leistikow, Doyle spokesman.

From Reuters:
Mayor Vows to Fight U.S. Over Canada Drug Buys
day after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a formal warning letter to the firm facilitating the purchase of prescription drugs from Canada for city employees in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city's mayor vowed to continue the program.

"That's why we have courts," said Mayor Michael Albano, who appeared on Capitol Hill with members of the U.S. House who are backing legislation that would explicitly legalize what Springfield is doing.

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
Critics are wary of Illinois' drugs-from-Canada plan
Gov. Rod Blagojevich's call for the legalization of prescription drug imports from Canada has some pharmacists in Illinois seeing red.

From the New York Times:
The Safety of Imported Drugs (Editorial)
The allure of importing cheap prescription drugs from Canada and other advanced nations is proving irresistible, despite federal laws against it and stern warnings from the Food and Drug Administration that imported drugs may not be safe. Individual consumers have been buying drugs from abroad for some time now. The new wrinkle is that state and local officials have become interested. Illinois has asked regulators for permission to import drugs from Canada, California has been exploring the possibilities, and the city of Springfield, Mass., has already started importing drugs from Canada for its workers and retirees, in open defiance of the F.D.A. It is a sign of how untenable the drug industry's outrageously lopsided pricing strategies have become.

From the Berkshire (MA) Eagle:
The FDA strikes back (Editorial)
Canadians will no doubt be alarmed to learn that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers the drugs they buy at their pharmacies, many of them manufactured in the United States, unsafe for residents of Springfield, Massachusetts.

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