Monday, February 09, 2004

Below are some older news articles that were not posted earlier

From the Globe and Mail:
Drug therapy could save 400 Ontario heart patients a year
Ensuring that heart-attack and heart-failure patients receive preventive medication upon discharge from the hospital could save up to 400 lives a year in Ontario, a study has found.

The findings come from a report card on Ontario's cardiac care, released Friday by several medical groups.

From the Boston Globe:
Forum urged on Canadian drug imports
In an effort to keep the pressure on the Food and Drug Administration to legalize prescription drugs imported from Canada, Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday invited about 30 New England mayors to a conference on the topic next month.

Menino said in a telephone interview that the Boston event will give attending mayors a chance to speak with specialists in legal liability and the safety of imported medicine and will address concerns about the FDA policy.

From the San Fransisco Chronicle:
Senator says buying Canadian drugs could save California millions
California could save as much as $30 million by buying Canadian drugs for state hospitals and prisons, but would be in direct conflict with federal regulations, under a bill unveiled Thursday by a state senator.

The bill, by Senate President Pro Tempore John Burton, D-San Francisco, would allow the state Department of General Services to consider Canadian pharmacies when seeking the best price on prescription medicines. The department buys drugs for the California prison system and state hospitals.

From the Washington Post:
FDA Warns 3 Firms to Stop Importing Drugs From Canada
Three companies that help Americans buy cheap prescription drugs from Canada received warning letters yesterday from the federal government accusing them of providing services that are illegal and a threat to public health.

The three Texas-based companies supply medications to, among others, employees and retirees of the city of Montgomery, Ala. Because of that relationship, the Food and Drug Administration acted quickly when it learned of it.

From KCRG (Iowa):
Governor Pushes Pilot Program on Cheaper Canadian Drugs
Governor Tom Vilsack wants Iowa to take the lead in looking to Canada for cheaper prescription medicines.

The Governor wrote a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson.

Vilsack promised to work with the FDA to implement a pilot re-importation program and he said such a project could provide a model for other states.

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