Saturday, February 21, 2004

From the Appleton (Wisc.) Post Crescent:
Feds: Don’t do Canadian Web site
Federal regulators warned Friday that the governor shouldn’t try to expand a state Web site to help people order cheaper prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies.

Importing foreign drugs is illegal. But Gov. Jim Doyle announced Thursday he would expand the state’s prescription drug Web site to include information on Canadian pharmacies.

Doyle’s office hasn’t released any other details, but Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Secretary Helene Nelson said she and a team of state officials spent the week inspecting three mail-order pharmacies in Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

From the New York Times:
Several States Investigate Importing Canadian Drugs
Minnesota and Wisconsin will ask other states to join them in screening online drugstores in Canada in a move to counter warnings from the pharmaceutical industry and the Food and Drug Administration that imported prescription drugs could be unsafe.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Gov. James E. Doyle of Wisconsin will raise the issue of state inspections of online pharmacies at a meeting of governors on Tuesday in Washington.

From the Boston Globe:
Menino, 11 other mayors boost efforts to import drugs
With city officials from five states following his lead, Mayor Thomas M. Menino yesterday escalated his push to bring down drug prices, joining the mayors of 11 other New England cities in asking the federal government to open the Canadian border to imports of prescription medication.

"This is an issue that's really affecting municipalities across America," Menino said. "It must be addressed."

It was the clearest signal yet that Menino is establishing himself as a national player in the movement to import cheaper drugs from Canada, a concept that is drawing interest from cash-strapped states and cities across the country.

From the Fall River (Mass.) Herald News:
Lambert considers having city buy cheaper drugs from Canada
Mayor Edward M. Lambert Jr. met with mayors from across New England Friday to discuss the possibility of importing prescription drugs from Canada, which is currently illegal.

The Food and Drug Administration "has frowned upon this but we are finding more and more cities around the country asking the question, ‘Why does the same drug cost 50 or 60 percent less (in Canada) than it does in the United States?’ " Lambert said.

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