Sunday, March 21, 2004

From KVIA-TV (NM):
U.S. drugs too costly, consumer groups tell panel
Demand for cheaper prescription drugs from Canada will continue as long as U.S. medicines remain so expensive, consumer advocates told a federal task force examining whether safe imports are possible.

Cheaper prices would continue to be a powerful lure even if importation remains illegal, the panel was told.

From the Seattle Times:
Shake medicine free of constraints (opinion)
If you are not confused by the heated debate over whether or not Americans have the right to buy their prescription drugs in countries where prices are 50-80 percent cheaper, you have not been paying attention ("City to look at Canadian drugs," Times, Local News, March 15).

From the Macon (GA) Daily:
FDA, Wisconsin Spar Over Prescription Web Site
U.S. regulators and Wisconsin are sparring over the state's aggressive efforts to encourage its citizens to buy cheaper pharmaceuticals across the border in Canada, a battle which escalated this week.

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.

From Medical News Today (UK):
First prescribing pharmacists
The first pharmacists to qualify as supplementary prescribers in England were today welcomed by Health Minister Rosie Winterton during a visit to Bradford University.

(Editor's note: Not specifically about Canadia pharmacy, but interesting in that some pharmacists in other parts of the world are being granted some prescribing rights. Similar discussions are currently underway in Canada.)

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