Thursday, March 18, 2004

From the Miami Herald:
Drug-Import Bill Clears First Hurdle in Massachusetts
With a guiding hand from state government and the click of a computer mouse, Massachusetts residents could order cheap prescription drugs from Canada.

Under a proposed bill that has cleared its first challenge on Beacon Hill, the state would be required to seek federal permission to help citizens buy drugs from Canada. If granted, Massachusetts would then set up a website listing Canadian Internet pharmacies.

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
State drug Web site faulted
A federal official Thursday warned Wisconsin residents against using the Internet site Gov. Jim Doyle created with links to Canadian pharmacies.

From Yahoo News:
Unwanted Medications
While flushing unwanted or expired medications down the toilet is common practice, Health Canada says this may have a harmful effect on the environment.

From the Sacramento Bee:
County eyes Canadian medicines
Searching for ways to keep clinics open and health services running, Sacramento County this week lined up behind a number of cities and states looking into buying prescription drugs from Canada, even though the practice is illegal.

"If there are legal uncertainties about it, I think we ought to be willing to take on that legal challenge, because if we could realize $5 (million), $6 (million), $7 million a year in savings as a result of this, it's certainly worth the investment," said Roger Dickinson, one of two supervisors who asked county health officials to research Canadian drug purchases.

From WCCO-TV (Minn.):
Pawlenty To Attend Pfizer Meeting To Press Changes In Drug Pricing
Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Thursday that he will take his drug-pricing battle with Pfizer Inc. to the company's annual meeting in St. Louis next month.

Pawlenty has tangled with Pfizer over the higher prices it charges for drugs sold in the United States versus those sold in Canada.

From the Boston Herald:
Finneran: Buying Canadian prescription drugs hurts Massachusetts
Encouraging cash-strapped Massachusetts residents to buy lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada would harm an important local industry, House Speaker Thomas Finneran said Thursday.

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