Thursday, February 26, 2004

From the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press:
Wisconsin to post Canadian pharmacy info
Following Minnesota's lead, Wisconsin today will add information about Canadian pharmacies to its state Web site in an effort to help residents save money on prescription drugs.

Federal regulators and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin remain opposed to Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle's expansion of the state Web site —

From the Baltimore Sun:
Governors rally for liberalized prescription imports
A bipartisan group of governors and lawmakers rallied on Capitol Hill yesterday for liberalized prescription drug importation as a means of cutting the skyrocketing cost of medication.

"It's wrong when Americans have to pay prices for prescription drugs that are far above prices paid in Canada or anywhere else in the industrialized world," Democratic Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois said. "Re-importing American drugs from Canada is a constructive solution to a serious and growing problem."

From the Knoxville (Tenn.) News Sentinel:
CanaRx says it could save state $456M a year
Representatives of a Canadian drug distribution company told lawmakers Tuesday they could save the state about $456 million a year on 61 of Tenn-Care's 100 most costly prescriptions.

On one drug alone, cholesterol-lowering Zocor, CanaRx Services Inc. claims it could save Tennessee more than half of the $39 million that was spent on six months worth of prescriptions last year.

From the Nashville City Paper:
Canadian firm presents drug plan to Senate panel
Canadian pharmaceutical company CanaRx Services Inc. told the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday it could save TennCare roughly $228.4 million in drug prescription money.

CanaRx President Tony Howard asked lawmakers to set up a pilot program with state employees, giving them the choice of using the company’s services. He said the pilot program would reduce the state’s drug costs up to 40 percent and eliminate co-pays for the individuals.

From Fox News:
States Consider Defying Law to Import Drugs
Each year, thousands of Americans are getting their prescription drugs filled illegally over the Internet from pharmacies in Canada. Now, more than two-dozen states are considering joining them.

Many of the drugs that come over the border are actually made in the United States and shipped to Canada. But with Canadian price controls, even shipping the drugs back to the United States is cheaper for Americans than ordering them at home.

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