Tuesday, October 07, 2003

From the Canadian Press:
Sask. pharmacists offer objective view of prescription drugs
Doctors and other health-care professionals wanting accurate, unbiased information about prescription drugs are turning to a pharmacist-run program based in Saskatoon.

"We look at the effectiveness, the safety or toxicity and the cost of the drugs," said Loren Regier, co-ordinator of the Rx Files Academic Detailing Program and its only full-time employee.

From the New Britain (CT) Herald:
Importing Canadian drugs
Following the lead of Springfield, Mass., one of the Northeast├ó€™s other troubled cities, Republican mayoral candidate Timothy Stewart is calling for a committee to explore buying prescription drugs in bulk from Canada.

By using the bulk purchasing power of the city├ó€™s employees, retirees and local senior citizens, who Stewart said he would try to include in any Canadian drug plan developed for the city, the Republican said the city could save millions of dollars.

From the Rocky Mountain News:
Radio tags may help FDA fight drug fakes
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration might ask companies to help fight drug counterfeiting by adding tracking technology to packaging in order to verify that patients are getting the drug advertised on the label.

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