Friday, October 24, 2003

From Reuters:
New York mayor says Canadian drugs on 'to-do list'
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday backed the purchase of prescription drugs from Canada, joining other state and local leaders seeking a remedy to soaring U.S. drug prices.

"It is a great idea to use our combined economic power to (buy drugs from Canada) ... It is on our to-do list," Bloomberg told reporters at a briefing in New York.

From the Boston Channel:
Boston Mulls Buying Canadian Drugs
The city of Boston is the latest Bay State community to consider buying prescription drugs from Canada.

NewsCenter 5's Pam Cross reported that Boston city leaders want to know if the drugs can save the city money and if they are safe for employees

From the New Bedford (MA) Standard:
Council urges medicine imports
If the City Council has its way, New Bedford would join a growing list of cities seeking to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada for city employees and retirees.

Shop selling drug imports opens in Ypsilanti
A small new shop in Ypsilanti, part of a controversial retail chain, is helping U.S. residents buy prescription drugs from Canada - in violation of a federal law that's not being rigorously enforced.

From the Sacramento (CA) Bee:
Pharmacists urged to fight drug imports
Pharmacists will join forces today with federal officials to try to stop the growing flood of affordable prescription drugs from Canada to California's seniors.

Pharmacist stays neutral in cross-border Rx debate
Fred Armstrong is no crusader for the rights of Americans to buy prescription drugs in Canada and he refuses to enter debates over the issue that are raging across the border. But he is, quietly, helping seniors and the uninsured in Maine save millions of dollars by filling their prescriptions, mostly at his St. Andrews pharmacy and some via mail order.

From the Quad City (IA) Times:
FDA’s hollow warnings solve nothing (editorial)
Tough talk from Washington. But here is what is happening in our real world. Both Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich are among the leaders of dozens of states eagerly turning to Canadian pharmacies to solve a problem the FDA, drug companies and Congress will not.

From the San Diego Union Tribune:
Pharmacists oppose drug imports
The California Pharmacists Association chimed in yesterday with its opposition to the importation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries.

The practice has increased significantly in the past year, as growing numbers of people e-mail or fax their prescriptions to pharmacies in Canada and other countries where government price controls keep prices up to 50 percent lower than in the United States.

From UK Comment Wire:
Eli Lilly: a self-defeating strategy?
The issue of parallel trade is likely to become a more significant problem for the industry as EU enlargement approaches. Opportunities to exploit pricing differentials between markets are expected to increase, and companies are going to face increasing pressure to develop more secure strategies against parallel trade that protect both profits and patients. However, while pricing differentials continue to exist, and short of legislative action by governments to prevent it, parallel trade is here to stay. Therefore, the onus is on the industry to push for far greater co-operation with healthcare payers.

From the Edmonton Journal:
Addicts at risk as Ottawa reduces methadone fee
Health Canada's Non Insured Health Benefits Directorate this month announced that it would pay the same fee across the country to pharmacists who dispense methadone to status Indians. In the past, the federal fee varied from province to province.

From the Vancouver Province:
U.S. drug firms are prepared to punish Canada
Canada has to crack down on grey market pharmaceutical drug sales to the U.S. or risk being hit with higher drug prices for Canadians, says a leading economist in a report to be made public today.

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