Wednesday, February 18, 2004

From the San Fransisco Chronicle:
Medicine's northern exposure. Government begins campaign against drugs from Canada
Federal authorities on Tuesday started an information campaign in California to try to discourage people from buying their prescription drugs from Canada.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the California Pharmacists Association, announced plans to distribute pamphlets and other materials to pharmacies and consumers about the dangers of buying drugs from foreign countries. This comes at a time when San Francisco, other local lawmakers and state officials are proposing ways to help customers buy their drugs from Canada.

From the UCLA Daily Bruin (Calif.):
A closer look: Some go to Canada for drugs
With high drug prices rampant throughout the United States, individual consumers, clinics and even some state governments are turning to Canada to acquire medication at cheaper costs, despite the illegality of such purchases.

Though there is national interest in Canadian prescription medicine, driven by the disparity in cross-border prices, the UCLA Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center has yet to choose Canadian imports over U.S.-manufactured drugs due to the risks associated with such activity.

From Maine Today:
Legislation encourages proper disposal of prescription drugs
Maine could become the first state to launch a program that uses prepaid mailers to promote the proper disposal of expired or unused prescription drugs.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Lynn Bromley, D-South Portland, is designed to keep such drugs from polluting the waste stream, posing a danger to small children or being sold on the street.

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