Friday, March 26, 2004

From the Winnipeg Sun:
Pharmacare faces squeeze
Faced with ballooning prescription drug costs, the province is considering changes to the Pharmacare program -- including tightening eligibility requirements and raising deductibles, says Health Minister Dave Chomiak. "We're looking at every option available to us," Chomiak said yesterday. "We want to maintain a few fundamental principles, and that is we want to get as many drugs to as many people as when can."

From the Boston Globe:
Drug lobby outspends all others in Mass.
Lobbyists representing drug companies and pharmacies outspent all other industries, shelling out nearly $1 million trying to influence the Massachusetts Legislature during 2003, according to an analysis to be released today.

Lobbyists and executives for those industries also spent at least $30,000 on combined campaign contributions to Governor Mitt Romney, House Speaker Thomas M. Finneran, and Senate President Robert E. Travaglini between 2000 and 2003, according to the analysis by the Massachusetts Money and Politics Project.

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