Tuesday, February 10, 2004

From the Toronto Star:
Stockpiling anti-virals not part of Ottawa's flu plan
Canada's blueprint for reducing death and social disruption during an influenza pandemic does not call for the stockpiling of anti-virals or antibiotics — drugs experts believe will be crucial during the early phase of the pandemic.

The federal government's pandemic flu plan, obtained by The Canadian Press, acknowledges vaccine probably won't be available during the first of several waves of flu expected to sweep rapidly around the country and the globe.

From NBC Columbus:
Merck CEO: Prescription Drugs Not Too Expensive
Some critics allege that high prices are not just created by research costs, but also by the cost of direct advertising that is turning consumers' heads, Hollingsworth reported.

Gilmartin dismissed that idea.

"The market determines the price," he said. "Not how much we spend."

From AlterNet:
Canadian Lifeline
The federal government's ban on buying prescription drugs from Canada has left some states frozen in their tracks. But Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota is brazenly bucking federal law by using the World Wide Web to help Gopher State residents buy less expensive drugs from Canada.

Pawlenty has launched an informational Web site – MinnesotaRxConnect – that lists more than 800 drugs available from two Canadian pharmacies that sell for about 35 percent less than in the United States. The move sets up a conflict with the Food and Drug Administration, which says it's illegal and unsafe to re-import U.S.-manufactured medicines that have been sold to Canada or other countries.

From the (Madison, Wisc.) Capital Times:
Pocan site defies feds on Canada drug imports
Two Democratic Assembly members have rushed in where Gov. Jim Doyle fears to tread.

Mark Pocan of Madison, backed by Frank Boyle of Superior, has posted a direct link on www.markpocan.net to the state of Minnesota's Web site that in turn links consumers to Canadian drug companies.

From the Idaho State Journal:
Democrats want to legalize Canadian prescription drugs
Idaho's Democrats want to send a message to Washington, D.C.

"Legalize it," is their wish, a phrase often associated with illicit narcotics. But state representatives and senators have a different meaning.

They want national politicians to legalize drugs, but not the kinds that cost thousands and put people in hospitals. No, Democrats say these drugs would save citizens a lot of money and would keep them out of hospitals.

Today, they will propose a resolution asking the president and Congress to legalize the purchase of Canadian prescription drugs.

From the Champlain (VT) Channel:
Pharmacists Criticize Canadian Drug-Purchasing Plan
The governor's efforts to cut the cost of prescription drugs have triggered a backlash from New Hampshire pharmacists, who say the plan may cut bills but will put residents' health at risk.

Gov. Craig Benson has proposed creating a system in which New Hampshire residents can use a Web site to purchase medicine from Canada at a greatly reduced rate. A trio of pharmacists from New Hampshire and Canada testified Tuesday that the plan is a bad idea.

From Medical News Today:
Don't take your alzheimer's drug at bedtime
Millions of Alzheimer's patients who take memory-boosting drugs may impair their ability to remember by taking the medicine at bedtime, according to a study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA).

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