Friday, October 03, 2003

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Illinois Gov. Seeks Drug Imports Probe
Gov. Rod Blagojevich called Thursday for a state probe into whether drug manufacturers are illegally blocking access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

The governor asked Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office to investigate whether the companies have committed antitrust violations by limiting supply to Canadian pharmacies and wholesalers.

From the Brandon Sun:
Pharmacist refutes U.S. allegations
Terry Fraser has absolutely no doubt that the prescription drugs he sends south to American customers are safe and authentic.

"I have no doubts, because I buy from good sources," says Fraser, owner and pharmacist at Smart Med Pharmacy in Roblin, which does nearly 90 per cent of its business with U.S. customers.

From the Charleston (WV) Gazette:
Internet drug ruling due soon
Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom said he will rule by the end of the month in a case challenging the operation of a Fairmont company that helps people order discounted drugs from Canada.

The state Board of Pharmacy has asked the court to shut down the Discount Prescription Center. During a hearing before Bloom on Thursday, pharmacy board lawyers argued that the center is acting like a pharmacy.

From the Newark (NJ) Star Ledger:
At What Price?
As one of the world's biggest drug makers, Merck is regularly blamed for being part of the problem. Ray Gilmartin, chief executive of the Whitehouse Station-based company, recently sat down with editors and reporters at The Star-Ledger to present his view of the issues.

From the Royal Oak (MI) Daily Tribune:
Canadian Rx liaison opens in Troy
A conduit for lower-cost Canadian non-narcotic prescription medications opened its doors to the public Tuesday in Troy.

From WJRT (MI):
Cheap prescriptions available
A new business that may be coming to the Flint Area could save you a bundle of money in prescription drugs.

From the Oakland (MI) Press:
Investigation of drug 'storefronts' sought
Citing safety concerns, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Brighton, has urged Gov. Jennifer Granholm to investigate drugstores that help consumers obtain prescription drugs from Canada.

Popping up across the country, the stores do not have pharmacists but have staff members, computers and fax machines to help people order drugs from Canada.

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