Monday, March 15, 2004

From the Fort Worth (Tex.) Star Telegram:
AARP campaigns to legalize prescription drugs from Canada
The nation's largest seniors group launched a campaign Monday to make cheaper Canadian drugs available to Americans.

AARP, which has 35 million members, said it will lobby drug companies, Congress and the Bush administration to legalize the imports. The group also is running TV and newspaper ads nationwide.

From the San Jose Mercury News:
Democratic governor candidates promise quick action on prescription drugs
North Dakota's two Democratic candidates for governor are promising to move quickly to help state residents save money on prescription drugs by buying them in Canada.

One candidate, state Rep. Merle Boucher, D-Rolette, said North Dakota should rally support from other states to sue drug companies in an effort to force lower prices.

From New York Newsday:
Pharmaceutical Industry Hires Giuliani
The pharmaceutical industry trade group hired former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's consulting group earlier this month to study the safety of imported prescription drugs.

The job places Giuliani's high-profile firm at the center of an explosive political issue. Consumers and city and state officials nationwide are clamoring for access to cheaper Canadian drugs, while industry executives and federal regulators insist reimportation poses a potential medicine safety risk.

From WOKR-TV (NY):
Looking North To Save On Drugs
City officials across the country have started looking into ways to lower costs for employee health care. Some have decided to buy through Canada where prescription drugs are far cheaper--and there is an effort underway in Rochester and Monroe county to do the same.

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