Tuesday, March 02, 2004

From the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press:
Web sites claim no liability
If Minnesota is going to recommend Canadian pharmacies to its citizens, it shouldn't shy away from sharing blame if a customer is harmed by a pharmacy-related error, a state lawmaker said Monday.

Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, filed a bill that, if enacted, would make Gov. Tim Pawlenty remove the liability waiver that now appears in the small print of the state's Minnesota RxConnect Web site.

From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:
FDA gets tougher on firms that buy drugs in Canada
A small West Virginia storefront company that helps people buy low-cost drugs from Canada has decided to shut down after receiving a warning from the federal Food and Drug Administration.

A spokesman for Discount Prescriptions From Canada Inc., in Fairmont, W.Va., about 90 miles south of Pittsburgh, said his company will close rather than try to fight the FDA.

From the White Plains (NY) Journal News:
Setback for Canadian prescriptions
A company that planned to open up to six storefronts in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam where Americans could buy low-cost prescription drugs from Canada has dropped that plan, citing federal efforts to halt the flow of cross-border medicines.

Investors who would have funded the storefronts were frightened off by the Food and Drug Administration's warnings that drugs from Canada could be dangerous, and by the FDA's effort to shut down another storefront service, said the head of LePharmacy.com.

From KOMO-TV (Wash.):
Drug Companies Cracking Down On Canadian Pharmacies Selling To U.S.
Chere Hazen says there's no way she could afford her life-saving medicine, if she didn't get it in Canada. So every three months, she drives from Marysville to Canada to buy it.

"I'm saving hundreds for sure, for sure!" she said.

From the Peoria (Ill.) Journal Star:
Area residents join candidate's trip to Canada
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Blair Hull launched his fourth and largest bus trip to Canada for Illinois residents to purchase discounted prescription drugs.

One of four charter buses in the Hull Rx Express left from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport on Monday morning.

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