Wednesday, October 22, 2003

From the Ottawa Citizen:
FDA seeks help to enforce drug laws; Health Canada pledges co-operation
U.S. drug regulators said Tuesday they can't do much to compel a Canadian company exporting lower cost prescription drugs to the United States to follow federal drug laws, so they will seek help from the Canadian government.

From the Superior (WI) Daily Telegram:
Pawlenty's plan for prescription drugs should be emulated by neighboring states (editorial)
You have to hand it to Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota: His plan to set up a Web site and a toll free phone number to help residents order prescription drugs from pharmacies in Canada is the most innovative move so far among the states.

From the Wilmington (NC) Star:
Prescription misses the point (editorial)
The N.C. Pharmacy Board’s lawsuit against companies that help Tar Heels buy prescription drugs from Canada seems more likely to protect North Carolina drug stores and North Carolina pharmaceutical manufacturers than North Carolina patients.

From the Center (PA) Daily Times:
Drugs from Canada spark debate, interest across the U.S.
As the price of prescription drugs stirs complaints from consumers across the country, Springfield, a financially strapped city in western Massachusetts, has dramatically cut its health-care costs with a daring end run around high U.S. prices by arranging for city workers to buy lower-cost Canadian medication.

From the Boston Herald:
Events intended to sway on drug imports
Advocates of making it legal to buy cheaper prescription drugs in Canada will square off today against opponents who say it's a risky business that puts consumers in danger.

From WCAX (VT):
Bargains North of the Border
It's no secret: trips to the pharmacy are costing American consumers an arm and a leg. "What we do see is a lot of people asking for price quotes on medication and then some will comment, well I can get it cheaper in Canada," Audrey McGregor said.

From WOOD-TV (MI):
New store promises cheaper prescription drugs
An estimated one million people buy Canadian drugs on the Internet every year. Now they can buy them in person.

The American Drug Club opened on Alpine Avenue Monday morning. Here's how it works. People who have a doctor's prescription come to the store on Alpine and fill out the proper forms. That paperwork is sent to a doctor in Canada.

From the Boston Globe:
Drug imports requested for state workers
Labor leaders representing more than 30,000 Massachusetts state employees have asked the Group Insurance Commission to consider the importation of prescription drugs from Canada, a move the unions said could lower medicine costs to taxpayers as well as to their members.

From the Boston Channel:
Second City Pursues Canadian Drugs For Employees
Cambridge will become the second Massachusetts city to pursue lower-priced Canadian drugs for its employees after the City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday night.

From the New Orleans Channel:
Another Drug Company Cracks Down On Canadian Sales
Another U.S. pharmaceutical company has decided to limit sales of prescription drugs to Canadian pharmacies.

From the Framingham (MA) Metro West Daily News:
Seniors take drug campaign on the road
Genny Aseltine saves $3,000 a year buying her medications from Canada, and she sees no reason to stop, because in her opinion she is doing nothing wrong.

"I didn't question it or even hesitate," said Aseltine, 77, of Marlborough. "The price was going up monthly. I try to hang onto every cent I can."

From the Champlain (NY) Channel:
Local Pharmacies Fear Canadian Drugs
Hometown pharmacists say that big-name drug stores are not the biggest threat to their survival. The bigger worry is the push to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.

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