Monday, October 27, 2003

From USA Today:
Ill. study finds drug savings
A study by Illinois officials concludes that the state and its taxpayers could save more than $90 million a year without risking patient safety by setting up a program to buy prescription drugs from Canada for state workers and retirees.

From the Washington Post:
Illinois Says Import Drugs Could Save State Millions
The governor of Illinois, intensifying his battle with Bush administration regulators over rising drug bills, will release an analysis today showing that his state could save $91 million a year by buying prescription medications from Canada.

From the Toronto Star:
'Buy Canada' drug plan sweeping U.S.
As he tentatively shuffles to the podium, stooped over his walker for support, 77-year-old Isaac Ben Ezra appears an unlikely revolutionary.

And then he speaks, a baritone rich with passion and anger, defiance and resolve, a voice that is being heard from more and more regions of the United States, and a voice which should be heard loud and clear by U.S. President George W. Bush as he seeks re-election.

From the Sagamore:
Prescription drug prices out of control
Last week, Eli Lilly followed suit with other drug companies such as Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline and signed on to lower the quantity of their shipments to neighboring Canada. The claim is that this has nothing to do with monetary issues, but that Lilly has a genuine interest in the safety of its customers.

From Newsday:
Battle Over Rx Imports
Irving Kaplan heard all the arguments against importing his prescription drugs from Canada -- there might be something wrong with the drugs, or that they might be too potent, or not potent enough, or not the right drug at all. But it was a risk he was willing to take.

From the Belleville (IL) News Democrat:
Senior citizens turn north to save on prescriptions
When 72-year-old Ed Wilson started searching for a cheaper place to find prescription drugs, he didn't turn to another metro-east pharmacy.

From the Lowell (MA) Sun:
From helping dad, woman becomes drug importer
WINCHESTER When Ida Bianco's father needed the pain-killer Vioxx to ease his arthritis, she was appalled to learn it cost $90 for a 30-day supply at the neighborhood pharmacy.

So Bianco, a stay-at-home mother with a degree in accounting and masters in business, searched for a cheaper alternative.

She found it in a Canadian drug store.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Why drug prices are so high
In Canada, the monthly bill for the two drugs would come to about $56. "It's not fair," said McGinnis, 32. "Why do we have to pay so much more than the rest of the world?"

From the Palm Beach (FL) Post:
Florida won't buy Canada drugs
The U.S. Congress, the mayor of New York City and the governors of Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and West Virginia want to buy cheap prescription medicines from Canada to curb soaring drug costs.

The state of Florida, though, has no plans to jump on the bandwagon.

From the Madison (WI) Courier:
Madison business offering drugs from Canada
A national issue has come to Madison with the opening of an office where people can order prescription drugs imported from Canada. The company says people can save up to 85 percent because Canada controls drug prices and because the exchange rate is favorable.

From the Globe and Mail:
Not tonight, dear. I'm on Viagra
Viagra didn't spice up the sex life of Gareth Davies. It just gave him a really bad headache.

Mr. Davies, a manager with an auto-parts firm in Kitchener, Ont., had been left impotent after undergoing surgery to remove his cancerous prostate gland in January, 2000.

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