Saturday, September 06, 2003

From WBBM (IL):
Canadian Drugs Touted At AARP Meet
A Canadian pharmacy specialist blames high marketing expenses for driving up the U.S prices of drugs which are as much as twice the price of the same drugs in Canada.

From the Carolina
North Carolina Man Gets Prescription Drugs To Americans At Canadian Prices
In front of a small office in the Beaver Lake Office Plaza, a small Canadian flag flies over the door.

Inside, Ronald Chick runs Canada Med Services, one of a handful of shops nationwide that help bring lower-priced Canadian drugs to U.S. consumers.

From the Billings (MT) Gazette:
Opinion: Why should we pay more for prescriptions?
The Montana Board of Pharmacy recently filed a complaint against RxDepot of Billings for "aiding and abetting" a pharmacy unlicensed in Montana, along with assertions that drugs from the licensed Canadian pharmacy "posed a threat to cause immediate and irreparable harm to Montana citizens" and that Montana citizens importing drugs were criminals.

The District Court in Helena, acting without due process, has imposed the only operating injunction in the United States limiting access to inexpensive Canadian drugs. RxDepot suggests that Canadian drugs "pose a threat to cause immediate and irreparable harm" to Montana pharmacy profits.

From the Louisville (KY) Courier Journal:
Indiana investigates drug imports
The Indiana attorney general's office is investigating whether two Southern Indiana storefronts that sell low-priced prescription drugs from Canada are violating the state's pharmacy law.

Steve Yount, owner of Discount Medicine of Canada, which opened in a New Albany shopping center last spring, said he was notified by the attorney general's office of the investigation a few weeks ago.

From WorldNetDaily:
Libertarians: Stop gouging senior citizens
The Libertarian Party is urging Congress and the Bush administration to overturn a ban on the re-importation of prescription drugs, saying leaving it in place will continue to hurt senior citizens by forcing them to pay higher drug prices.

From the Edmonton Journal:
Doctors launch attack on drug firms
Dr. Steven Chambers was shocked to discover the drug company salesman knew more about what drugs he prescribed than he did himself.

The president of the Alberta Medical Association remembers listening as the salesman quoted his exact prescription patterns for two competing drugs used to lower patients' cholesterol.

From the Canadian Press:
Government approves birth-control pill designed for fewer periods
Editor's Note: Seasonale has not yet been approved in Canada.
The United States approved Friday the first birth-control pill specially designed to reduce the frequency of women's periods - from once a month to four times a year.

Hence the name: Seasonale. The pills aren't a new chemical. They contain the same combination of low-dose estrogen and progestin found in many oral contraceptives.

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