Tuesday, March 30, 2004

From the Canadian Press:
Health groups call on Martin to ban Internet pharmacies
The federal government should ban Internet pharmacies because the industry is putting the health of Canadians at risk, a group of health-care advocates said Tuesday.

The Canadian Treatment Action Council, an advocacy and education group for people living with HIV/AIDS, and the Canadian Hemophilia Society were among six groups that called on Prime Minister Paul Martin in a news release to outlaw the pharmacies.

From the Miami Herald:
Palm Beach commissioners consider illegal Canadian prescriptions
Palm Beach County commissioners decided Tuesday to pursue the possibility of illegally buying prescription drugs from Canada for government employees.

Such a move would put the county at the front of the angry national debate over prescription drug prices.

Assistant County Attorney Tammy Fields warned that it would violate federal law, but Commissioners Tony Masilotti predicted the county would never be prosecuted, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

From the AARP Bulletin:
Drug Companies Cut Canadian Supply
Older Americans who rely on Canadian pharmacies to obtain prescription drugs at prices they can afford have reacted in anger and alarm to the news that Pfizer has choked off their pipeline.

Four other drugmakers have tried to limit supplies to Canadian pharmacies that sell by mail order to Americans, but Pfizer is the first to make a total boycott succeed.

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