Monday, May 10, 2004

From the National Post:
Ban on Canadian drugs challenged
An Oklahoma company that was shut down for helping Americans buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada asked a federal appeals court Friday to let it resume operations.

Rx Depot Inc. also asked the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear oral arguments in the case because of the "significant public policy implications" for the elderly and poor.

Support for Canadian Drug Imports Hits Groundswell
A fierce momentum began building this week to legalize the importation of prescription drugs from Canada to the United States, and even those who oppose the move now admit they may not be able to stop it.

The sea change comes in the wake of surprise remarks by the top U.S. health official earlier this week. Tommy Thompson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said Tuesday that legislation allowing the importation of prescription drugs was inevitable.

Minnesota might look to Brits for prescription drugs
Minnesota officials might tap British pharmacies through the same type of Web site now helping residents import cheaper drugs from two Canadian mail-order firms.

State Human Services Commissioner Kevin Goodno says pharmacies in England could be added to the Web site because some drug companies are restricting supplies to the Canadian pharmacies.

Canadian Drugs
Pharmacy customers in Alabama may soon receive a warning about imported medicines when they get their prescriptions filled.

More than 700 Alabama pharmacies are receiving posters and fliers as part of an education campaign launched in Montgomery by American and Canadian pharmacy officials.

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