Thursday, April 15, 2004

From the Imperial Valley (CA) Press:
Task force hears pros, cons on importing drugs
A federal task force considering whether to end a ban on importing prescription drugs heard conflicting arguments Wednesday — that importation would open the door for counterfeiters but would lower health-care costs for Americans.

Gov. Jim Doyle of Wisconsin pitched importing drugs as a step on the path toward a more affordable prescription drug market.

From the Miami Herald:
Virginia Pharmacists' Group Launches Campaign against Drug Re-Imports
People who want to save money by filling U.S. prescriptions at across-the-border pharmacies are the target of new campaign to get them to skip that option.

The "Looks Can Be Deceiving" campaign by the Food and Drug Administration was launched Tuesday as a project of the 1,500-member Virginia Pharmacists Association.

From the (Racine, Wisc.) Journal Times:
Doyle reaffirms Canadian drug idea
Gov. Jim Doyle told a federal task force on Wednesday that the federal government should allow citizens to import prescription drugs from Canada, and that it should allow states to do so, too.

"I told them about the success of the (state's) Web site, the over 70,000 hits that we've had on it, which just demonstrates the enormous interest out there in lower prescription drugs, and how important it is that we do something to put some real competition into the marketplace here so that the drug companies cannot continue to just impose skyrocketing costs on citizens of Wisconsin and the United States," Doyle said. He spoke in a teleconference with reporters shortly after delivering his testimony.

From CBS New York:
New Concerns Over Anti-Depressant
Cassie Geisenhof's pretty face masked her turbulent home life. Growing up in foster care, she was just 15 when a doctor prescribed Serzone for her depression.

Three months later, Cassie suffered irreversible liver damage. Doctors rushed her in for an emergency liver transplant and blamed the Serzone.

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