Wednesday, January 14, 2004

From the New York Times:
Pfizer Moves to Try to Stop Drugs From Canada
Pfizer is stepping up its efforts to stop exports of low-price prescription drugs from Canada to the United States by imposing new restrictions on sales to Canadian drug wholesalers.

In a letter to Canadian retail pharmacies, Pfizer said that it would immediately require wholesale distributors to report past and present orders of Pfizer products from individual drugstores.

"Under Pfizer's new sales policy," the letter says, "distributors will only be authorized to deal with approved purchasers of Pfizer products."

From the Boston Globe:
Secretary of State proposes buying Canadian drugs, plans Web site
The secretary of state on Tuesday called on Rhode Island to join several cities and states that have plans to purchase prescription drugs from Canada, despite a federal prohibition on importing them.

Matt Brown said a prescription program for state employees and retirees could save millions of dollars for Rhode Island, which faces a projected $37 million budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends June 30, and a projected two-year budget deficit of $226 million through June 2005.

From the Capital Times (Wisc.):
Images: Feds go out of their way to hurt Rx drug users (opinion)
A car company can move its factories to Mexico and claim it's a free market. A toy company can outsource to a Chinese subcontractor and claim it's a free market.

A major bank can incorporate in Bermuda to avoid taxes and claim it's a free market. We can buy HP printers made in Mexico. We can buy shirts made in Bangladesh.

We can purchase almost anything we want from many different countries, but heaven help the elderly who dare to buy their prescription drugs from a Canadian or Mexican pharmacy. That's called un-American!

From the National Post:
Eli Lilly raises stakes for Viagra
Until a month ago, Dr. Martin Buckspan had only one effective oral treatment he could prescribe to the hundreds of erectile dysfunction patients at his urology practice at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto: Pfizer Inc.'s Viagra.

That was until Eli Lilly & Co. and Icos Corp. launched their Cialis in Canada in early December. Drawn by its promise of up to 36 hours of duration, as compared with the four- to six-hour window for Viagra, the majority of Dr. Buckspan's new patients are choosing to try the Lilly-Icos product.

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