Friday, September 19, 2003

From the Newark (NJ) Star Journal:
Firm told sales of drugs from Canada are illegal
The Food and Drug Administration yesterday warned a company that supplies prescription drugs from Canada that its Internet and mail-order operations are illegal.

The company, CanaRX Services, made headlines recently for supplying the city of Springfield, Mass., with low-cost prescription drugs. By creating a program for city employees, Springfield Mayor Michael Albano said he could save $4 million this year. He took action after purchasing his own son's insulin from CanaRX.

From the Boston Globe:
FDA tells supplier to halt Canadian drug orders
The Food and Drug Administration sent a formal warning letter to CanaRx Services Inc. on the same day that Springfield Mayor Michael Albano traveled to the FDA's suburban Washington headquarters to explain his program. In a 90-minute closed-door meeting, Albano told FDA officials that the city saves $4 million to $9 million a year by purchasing prescription drugs for its employees from Canada, that he has full confidence in their safety, and that he has no intention of cutting off the Canadian shipments. After the meeting, which both sides described as amicable, Albano said that if CanaRx were shut down, he would tap another supplier.

Illinois governor joins chorus asking U.S. government allow Canadian drugs in
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow states to import prescription drugs from Canada on Thursday, days after saying he would explore the option for state employees.

From WILX (MI):
American Drug Club
But it's not just the safety of the product that concerns the congressman and some area pharmacists. They say there's virtually no relationship between the doctor, patient and pharmacist.

"I think it's a disservice to the patient. We're accessible and the last communicator with the patient after the doctor, and we can catch any possible mistakes," Diane Miller, pharmacist.

From Reuters:
Illinois to Ask FDA to OK Canada Drug Imports
Illinois is asking U.S. regulators to let states import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, the governor said on Thursday, in the latest salvo by cash-strapped states to put a lid on rising drug prices.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reverse its "misguided" stance opposing states buying discounted Canadian prescriptions.

From the Quad City (IL) Times:
Do NOT send money (editorial)
Now that we’ve got enough presidential candidates to field a football team, we ought to be forcing them to the scrimmage line on this Canadian drug issue. They’ve got to go one way or the other. They’re either with the drug-making interests or they’re with us: the people who are drowning in health-care debt.

From the Independent (UK):
US looks to Canada for cheaper drugs
City and state governments in the United States are considering breaking federal law to purchase cheap prescription drugs from Canada for their employees.

The trend for buying medicine across the border began when American retirees chartered coaches to benefit from products costing half the price of those in the US.

From the Globe and Mail:
Viagra's stiff challenge
Viagra is about to face some stiff competition.

A new drug to treat erectile dysfunction has been approved by Health Canada. The makers of the prescription medication, sold under the trade name Cialis, say its effects last up to 36 hours. Viagra works for about four or five hours.

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