Friday, February 20, 2004

From the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal:
Canadian drugs to be scarcer
Pfizer Inc., the world's largest drug manufacturer, has cut off supplies to a number of Canadian mail-order pharmacies as part of the escalating battle between the industry and American consumers hunting for bargains across the border.

Supplies could get short down the road, but for now local consumers who buy their prescriptions through service centers in the area won't have trouble getting their Pfizer medications, suppliers said.

Guidelines for buying Canadian
The FDA contends that it is illegal to reimport prescription drugs from Canada, but the agency has never prosecuted individual consumers.

The Canadian International Pharmacy Association offers the following guidelines for Americans considering looking for a licensed, safe and reputable Canadian pharmacy:

From the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times:
Prescription Web site troubles pharmacists
Alec Murray is a pharmacist at a small, independent pharmacy in a town of about 900 people.

His newest competition isn't a big chain store moving into the area -- it's the state-sponsored Web site that links Minnesotans with Canadian pharmacies.

Murray and many other pharmacists aren't happy about, which was launched by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other state officials about three weeks ago. The popular site, which is visited by an average of about 1,000 people a day, connects Minnesotans to two Canadian pharmacies.

From WBAY (Wisc.):
FDA, Governor's Office Talk Tough Over Drug Web Site
Federal officials aren't too happy with Governor Jim Doyle. They say he shouldn't try to offer links to Canadian pharmacies on a state prescription drug Web site.

Importing foreign drugs is illegal, but Governor Doyle's looking for ways to get cheaper drugs into the state.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
State to set up Web site for buying Canadian drugs
Wisconsin will have a Web site up and running next week that will allow state residents to buy prescription drugs from Canada, Gov. Jim Doyle said Thursday.

Doyle said the site would be similar to one operated by the state of Minnesota, which offers links to prescription drug order forms from two state-inspected Canadian pharmacies. Minnesota's site allows people to download forms so they can fax or mail their orders directly to the pharmacies; prescriptions can't be ordered electronically through the Web site.

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