Saturday, March 20, 2004

From the Canadian Press:
Alberta College of Pharmacists to probe Calgary dialysis deaths
Alberta's College of Pharmacists has launched an investigation into the dialysis deaths of two Calgary hospital patients who were given the wrong medication.

No pharmacist checked dialysis that killed 2 in Calgary: pharmacist group
No pharmacist checked the solutions that killed two dialysis patients in a Calgary hospital, says the Pharmacists Association of Alberta.

Barry Cavanaugh, the association's executive director, said the Foothills Medical Centre employed pharmacist technicians rather than more qualified pharmacists to check the work of technicians.

From the Sacramento Business Journal:
Canadian pharmacy connection to open Monday
NorthCare, a Canadian company that helps American patients buy prescription drugs from a Manitoba pharmacy, will open a storefront in Sacramento Monday, even as lawmakers debate whether to legalize the service it provides.

From Reuters:
FDA, Wisconsin Battle Over Prescription Web Site
A battle between U.S. regulators and states over efforts to buy cheaper pharmaceuticals from Canada escalated this week when federal officials accused Wisconsin of threatening public health.

Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, a Democrat, blasted a letter he received late Thursday from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, warning the state that its Web site threatens the public health by advocating citizens to buy illegal drugs.

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