Saturday, February 14, 2004

From the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times:
He's whole-hog for cheap drugs
Told that the U.S. government could do nothing to control cheap pig imports from Canada, Gutknecht recalls: "All of a sudden a light bulb went off over my head and I said, "You mean we have free markets when it comes to pork bellies, but not when it comes to Prilosec?' And he chuckled on the other end of the phone and said, "Well, that's right."

From KGW-TV (OR):
House votes to let Washington buy drugs from Canada
The state House, hoping to shave millions from the state budget and help struggling seniors, on Friday approved legislation to let Washington state agencies buy prescription drugs in Canada.

The lopsided vote, 90-7, still requires state Senate and gubernatorial approval. But more significantly, the buy-Canadian gambit also requires the signoff of the Bush administration, which has blocked similar efforts elsewhere.

From KATU-TV (OR):
House votes to let Washington buy drugs from Canada
The state House of Representatives approved legislation today to let Washington state agencies buy prescription drugs in Canada.

Lawmakers hope the bill will help struggling seniors while shaving millions of dollars from the state budget.

From KOTV (Okla.):
Local Companies Providing Lower-Cost Canadian Prescription Drugs
Patients looking for a way to cut prescription drug costs by buying their drugs from Canada now have another way to do it.

Steve Leslie and Ken Hayes have opened Assisted Senior Care in Collinsville. They say their clients can save 50 percent, sometimes up to 70 percent, for a 3 month supply of medicine from Canadian pharmacies.

From Lindsay (Ont.) This Week:
Grateful Lalani named top citizen
A Lakefield pharmacist to some and a community leader to many, Nick Lalani was recognized as an outstanding citizen Thursday by the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

Upon accepting the 2003 Citizen of the Year Award, Mr. Lalani quickly noted the support he himself received that made his work in the community possible.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Some obtain medicines from Canada via Internet
Some consumers arrange Canadian drug purchases without the middleman.

Sandra Plopper, 66, of Marietta is saving almost $600 a month by importing her medicine herself through an Internet site.

Plopper takes 15 medications a month for health conditions that include asthma, diabetes, hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Safety of Canada's internet pharmacies questioned
Failing to notify customers about unsafe recalled drugs and not providing childproof caps on medicine are some of several safety problems occurring among Canada's internet pharmacies, a report out of the U.S. says.

The study's findings came from a Minnesota delegation that inspected eight Canadian internet pharmacies two months ago. The report didn't reveal which individual pharmacies made mistakes.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Tucked between a Domino's Pizza and a veterinarian's office in this west Georgia city is what regulators call an outlaw operation.

Its customers say the shop is a lifeline, saving them hundreds of dollars.

The store, Canadian Med, connects consumers to Canadian pharmacies and medicines generally much cheaper than at U.S. drugstores

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