Friday, February 27, 2004

From the Fort Worth (TX) Star Telegram:
Pawlenty to try new tactic in drug reimportation dispute
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty asked the state's pension fund to draft a shareholder resolution opposing efforts by Pfizer Inc. to cut off supplies to Canadian Internet pharmacies that sell to Americans.

On Thursday, Pfizer began shutting off shipments to two wholesalers that allegedly supplied medicine to pharmacies that sold to Americans. Last week, it stopped shipping product to several Canadian Internet pharmacies.

From the La Crosse (Wisc.) Tribune:
Prescription site draws some seniors; others might need help with computers
Verona Smith is tired of expensive prescription drugs and lack of action by the federal government about it.

The 80-year-old Holmen, Wis., woman took action on her own the past few months by buying three prescription drugs from a Canadian online pharmacy. She has saved $140 and expects to save about $600 a year on three drugs, including one for glaucoma.

"We're on a fixed income but not bad off like some older people," Smith said. "But it was outrageous what drug companies were charging for drugs in the United States. We were tired of it and decided to check out the Internet. We saved at least 40 percent, and we're satisfied so far."

From the Champlain Channel (NY):
Burlington City Employees Can Buy Canadian Drugs
Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle has lived up to his promise.

On Thursday, Clavelle announced that Burlington will become the third city in the United States to offer city employees the option of buying medication over the border in Ontario, ignoring warnings from the FDA that what he's suggesting violates federal law.

It's an apparent violation of U.S. law, but city leaders say the risk is worth it.

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