Monday, May 17, 2004

From the Globe and Mail:
America's new war on drugs targets Canadian pharmacists
In the United States's new war on drugs, small-town Canadian pharmacists like David Byers are the ones caught in the crossfire.

The New Brunswick pharmacy owner is one of dozens across the country who must to stop selling prescription drugs to U.S. residents after the pharmaceutical giants got tough and cut off their supply.

Some retailers have let go of staff because of the drop in business when they stopped shipping south. One, Sun Valley Pharmacy in Altona, Man., closed last month.

From the Fort Worth (TX) Star Telegram:
States look to Canada to find cheaper prescriptions
Those faced with high prescription drug costs who are weary of buying their drugs in Canada or over the Internet have two unusual allies: the governors of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Both have sent health officials to Canada to investigate Internet drugstores based there and subsequently put links to those pharmacies on state-run Web sites.

Because Canadian prescription drug prices are regulated, prices are generally lower than in the United States, sometimes significantly lower.

From the Decatur (IN) Daily Democrat:
Prescription crusade gains momentum
When a Bush administration Cabinet member said last week that ``Congress is going to pass'' legislation permitting consumers to buy lower-priced prescription drugs from abroad, it sounded like a policy turnaround.

Actually, the White House still strongly opposes the legislation, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy G. Thompson wasn't embracing the idea, just recognizing the inevitable.

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