Sunday, November 30, 2003

From the Barre Montpellier (VT) Times Argus:
Douglas proposing drug importation
Gov. James Douglas on Wednesday announced that he is seeking federal approval for a prescription drug reimportation program for nearly 20,000 state employees, retirees and their families.

State pharmacists promptly condemned the idea as unsafe and a potential bit loss of their business.

The governor said that state officials would file a petition to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make a Canadian drug purchasing option available for participants in Vermont's employee health plans, despite that agency's stated opposition to any reimportation schemes.

From the Everett (WA) Herald:
Medicare overhaul won't keep drug costs from rising
Seniors will face annual increases in premiums and deductibles, and a growing gap in coverage, for the prescription drugs they buy under the new Medicare law, budget analysts say.

The $250 annual deductible at the start of the program in 2006 is projected to rise to $445 by 2013.

The legislation that won final congressional approval Tuesday would allow seniors to buy coverage -- at an estimated monthly premium of $35 -- for their prescription drugs beginning in three years. After they agreed to the monthly premiums and paid their first $250 in pharmacy bills, the coverage would kick in, paying 75 percent of their bills between $250 and $2,250.

From the Palm Beach (FL) News:
Feds close Boca store that provided links to cheap Canadian drugs
A store that helped consumers buy discounted drugs from Canada shut its doors Tuesday, apparently the first in Florida to be closed by federal action, state health regulators say.

But the federal Food and Drug Administration vows that the 85 stores affiliated with RxDepot Inc. nationwide won't be the last targets, as it steps up its efforts against the popular Canadian storefronts that it claims are operating illegally.

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