Monday, February 02, 2004

From the Makato (Minn.) Free Press:
Minnesota opens portal to Canadian pharmacies
Hyping with the energy of an Internet entrepreneur, Gov. Tim Pawlenty worked Friday to promote a new state Web site designed to help Minnesotans buy prescription medications from Canada.

Launching the site - - in an afternoon news conference, Pawlenty claimed credit for making his the first state to offer such a Web site and "actually take some action as opposed to just talking about" the high costs of prescription drugs.

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
State-sponsored Web site opens to link U.S. customers to Canadian pharmacies
The nation's first state-sponsored Web site that links Minnesotans to two Canadian pharmacies offering low-cost prescriptions is open for business, Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Friday.

Minnesota RxConnect is the first concrete step taken by any of the more than two dozen states that are exploring the use of Canadian drugs to lower medical costs to state programs and residents. And it is a shot across the bow of federal regulators who have consistently said the action is unsafe and may be illegal.

From the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press:
State launches drug Web site
Minnesotans may now order low-price prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies with the help of their state government.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Friday announced that his administration has created a Web site where state residents can locate "established, credible, reputable Canadian pharmacies" from which to mail order medications.

Pharmacists: WestchesterRx bad for business and patients
Pharmacists say the plan, launched last week by Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano and known as WestchesterRx, threatens their businesses and could jeopardize patient health.

The Pharmacists Society of the State of New York filed the complaint against Westchester County and Spano in late December, but it was not disclosed until the organization was contacted by a reporter yesterday.

No comments: