Thursday, March 11, 2004

From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota, U.S. cross drug swords again
State Human Services Commissioner Kevin Goodno accused a top official of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday of exaggerating safety concerns that Minnesota inspectors found at Canadian mail-order pharmacies.

It was the latest volley in a battle of words between Minnesota and the FDA over the state's controversial Canadian mail-order drug program, MinnesotaRxConnect.

FDA Associate Commissioner William Hubbard, in a letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty last month, "exaggerated either the breadth or severity of the deficiencies" that inspectors found, Goodno said in a letter faxed Tuesday to Hubbard.

From the Sacramento Bee:
Canada drug bills advance
The California Senate's health committee approved several bills Wednesday that would help state health programs and individual consumers buy cheaper medicines from Canada.

A broad coalition of groups representing seniors, patients, consumers, doctors and unions backed the proposals and called on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to join a growing number of governors nationwide who are pressuring senior Bush administration officials to legalize prescription drug imports from Canada.

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