Sunday, April 11, 2004

From the Providence (RI) Journal:
Canadian drugs Benson bought didn't come right from maker
The prescription drugs Gov. Craig Benson purchased from a Canadian Web site may have passed through the hands of several sellers before arriving in his mailbox.

In promoting his plan to import prescription drugs last week, Benson held up a bottle of medicine he'd ordered from a Canada-based Internet pharmacy a month earlier.

The bottle contained Lipitor, used to treat high cholesterol. Vouching for the pills' safety, Benson noted the bottle bore the imprint of the drug's manufacturer, Pfizer.

"This refutes the false claims of the pharmaceutical industry, who only wish to scare our seniors," that the drugs might not be genuine, Benson said.

But since November, Pfizer has refused to ship any of its medicines directly to Benson's chosen pharmacy, That means Benson's drugs probably took a more circuitous route to New Hampshire, the Sunday Monitor reported.

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