Sunday, February 08, 2004

From the Winnipeg Sun:
Net drugstores thrive
Daniel Beringer pops 19 pills a day to cope with the aftermath of a massive stroke, two heart attacks and emphysema. Between frequent naps, the 65-year-old retired construction worker putters around the small bungalow he shares with his wife and three teenage children in Waco, Texas.

The $1,500 US he collects monthly from social security and a pension allow for few luxuries.

At the neighbourhood pharmacy, Beringer's drug bill would total about $12,000 a year. By buying his medication from an Internet pharmacy in Winnipeg, however, he saves $4,000 -- and no longer has to choose which prescriptions he can afford to fill.

From the St. Joseph (Mich.) Herald Palladium:
Why not buy Canadian drugs?
Bill Gillespie's family has had a pharmacy in St. Joseph since 1905, but he fears the rising cost of drugs and the promise of lower prices that lures people across the border to Canada are jeopardizing the future of small-town pharmacies.

Judy Richards is a registered nurse who helps senior citizens at the St. Joseph/Lincoln Senior Center fill out forms to get reduced price or free medicines from pharmaceutical companies. She said she doesn't recommend that people get medicines from Canada. She fears the safety of the drugs, saying there's no way of knowing exactly where they come from. And she believes prescription orders can also take too long to arrive or get lost in the mail.

Ray Dupuis of Kalamazoo recently opened branches of the American Drug Club in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids. The business connects people by mail, fax or Internet to a Canadian pharmacy that fills their original prescriptions. Dupuis said he feels good at the end of the day because he is helping people save money and take medications they might not otherwise be able to afford.

From the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press:
Canadian broker defends Rx imports
David Schioler's Canada-based American Drug Club sells prescription drugs throughout the U.S., but don't call his company a pharmacy.

"It's a marketing and educational vehicle," said the 46-year-old Winnipeg executive as he stood near his company's red and white sales booth during a health fair at Centerpointe Mall on Friday.

From the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press:
DRUGS FROM CANADA: Doyle promises Web links — maybe
The governor said Friday he'll probably redesign Wisconsin's prescription drug Web site within weeks to include links to Canadian pharmacies if the federal government doesn't go after Minnesota for offering similar services.

Minnesota's site offers links to two state-inspected Canadian pharmacies and drug order forms for each. Wisconsin's drug site doesn't contain any information on Canadian pharmacies, instead warning people that importing foreign drugs is illegal.

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