Sunday, July 04, 2004

From the Boston Globe:
Canadian drugs may be what the budget ordered
Newton employees and retirees ordered nearly 6,000 prescriptions of the cholesterol-reducing drug Lipitor last year -- for a total cost to the city of $434,300.

If Newton had used the Internet to order all of the Lipitor from Canadian pharmacies, it would have saved about $90,000, according to a Globe West analysis using average prices in each country. That amount of money would have been nearly enough to hire two teachers.

For months, Newton officials have been quietly studying the idea of importing drugs from Canada, where government price controls make prescription drugs 20 to 80 percent cheaper.

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