Sunday, January 11, 2004

From the Raleigh (NC) News:
Court rules against Canadian drug sales
A judge ruled Friday that a Concord business that helps North Carolina residents buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada violates state and federal law and must be shut down.

The decision by Superior Court Judge Howard E. Manning Jr. bolsters the efforts of the N.C. Board of Pharmacy to close storefront businesses and Web sites that help people order drugs from Canadian pharmacies. On Friday, Manning granted a preliminary injunction stopping the operations of Canada Outlet until the case can be heard fully.

FDA Chief Vows Action on Drug Import Ban
The Food and Drug Administration isn't ruling out legal action if cities or states defy its ban on importing cheaper drugs from Canada, Commissioner Mark McClellan said Friday.

In an interview with The Associated Press, McClellan said the FDA has dissuaded many states from starting such programs by arguing that there are better ways - such as buying generic - to bring down the costs of prescription drugs.

From the Globe and Mail:
Ontario cost-cutting plans under fire
Ontario's seniors reacted with fear and anger yesterday after learning the province's Liberal government may force those with higher incomes to pay the full costs of their medication.

"People are absolutely terrified," said Judy Cutler, the communications director for CARP -- Canada's Association for the Fifty-Plus.

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