Friday, February 20, 2004

From KATV (Ark.):
Mayors Urge Changes to Drug Import Rules
Mayors from New England cities urged federal officials on Friday to implement controls on prescription drug imports from Canada, saying consumer safety measures would smooth the way for legal cross-border bulk purchases of medication.

Mayors from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont met in Boston on Friday at a conference called by Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Twelve mayors signed a letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson asking for federal action to certify the safety of drugs bought from Canadian suppliers.

From the Boston Business Journal:
Menino: City will begin buying Canadian drugs July 1
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino said Friday the city will begin buying low-cost prescription drugs from Canada for some retired employees on July 1, Bloomberg Business News reported.

The program will save the city as much as $1.5 million, Menino said in a press conference. The U.S. government, which prohibits importation of drugs, doesn't enforce the law for individuals

From the Hopkinton (Mass.) Town Crier:
Con men call from Canada
Seniors battling skyrocketing prescription drug costs must now beware another pitfall - con men.

Louise Lawson, 69, of Hopkinton got a call last week from a number her caller ID told her was in Montreal, Canada. She answered the phone, and spoke to a man who identified himself as a representative from a discount drug company.

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