Saturday, April 10, 2004

From the Macon (GA) Telegraph:
Illinois Pushes FDA on Canadian Drugs
Illinois officials on Thursday demanded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration respond to their proposal for a state pilot program to let residents buy prescription drugs from Canada.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Attorney General Lisa Madigan said they were filing a citizen's petition with the FDA. That will force the agency to respond within six months, they said, and Illinois could then take the matter to court if the FDA says no.

From the Boston Herald:
Pols take on U.S. Medicare, drug stances
A powerful senate Republican leader introduced a bill yesterday that would immediately make it legal to import prescription drugs from Canada.

U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said Congress should ease the way for drug imports and ensure they are safe.

"Free trade principles argue for allowing importation of drugs from Canada and other countries as long as those drugs are safe,'' Grassley said.

From Reuters:
Senate Republican Offers Drug Import Plan
leading U.S. Senate Republican on Thursday unveiled a plan that would make it legal for Americans to import lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said he was introducing a bill to allow drug imports because consumers were demanding cheaper medicines and the Food and Drug Administration had declined to create a safe importation plan.

"If we don't do this, I think there's going to be a penalty paid at the ballot box in November. The American consumer is waiting," Grassley, who is from Iowa, said on the Senate floor.

From NBC 4 Columbus (OH):
Consumer Alert: Beware Of Alleged Internet Drug Scam
Imagine looking at your checking account statement and finding a charge for $139 you didn't make. It's happening to people all over the country and authorities say a Canadian company is behind it.

A Baltimore-area woman, Sharon Sheckels, keeps a close watch on her bank statement. Last month, she discovered someone had taken $139 out of her checking account.

"I didn't authorize it," said Sheckels. "Nobody authorized it and they had no right to take it from me."

From the Globe and Mail:
Pill regulations make for a long morning after
Sarah had a steady boyfriend for several months and they were always careful to use condoms when having sex. Then came a Friday night when they were celebrating the end of exams last December, when "we got a bit too drunk and, you know, carried away."

When she awoke the next morning, the 21-year-old student at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., had a pounding headache that soon gave way to a bout of panic.

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