Wednesday, April 21, 2004

From the Financial Times:
Internet drug trade proves a bitter pill for Canada
Stephen Thompson finds it tougher to fill prescriptions these days. "We are spending a lot more time now than three or four years ago on sourcing drugs," he said. "If you are dealing with medication for an elderly person who may not be comfortable switching to an alternative, it can be difficult."

Imported medicines may force US to rethink its drug pricing
The US debate on whether to legalise imports of Canada's cheaper, price-controlled drugs may prove a catalyst for changing federal drug-pricing policy.

There has been a groundswell of municipal, state and federal government support for legalising so-called reimportation, or "parallel imports", in the US.

Budget-strapped cities and states continue to push legal limits by experimentally allowing their residents to import drugs from Canada.

From the Myrtle Beach (SC) Sun News:
FDA, pharmacy groups warn of dangers in imported drugs
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and pharmacy groups on Tuesday launched a campaign meant to warn Missourians about what they call the potential dangers of illegal drug importation.

The FDA teamed up with the Missouri Pharmacy Association and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in its "Looks Can Be Deceiving" publicity effort to warn that importing drugs from Canada and other countries is unsafe.

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