Monday, August 16, 2004

From the Boston Herald:
FDA offers lighter touch on importation of Canadian drugs
Federal drug regulators are taking a ``lighter touch'' in their efforts to stop a growing number of cities and states from importing prescription drugs from Canada, and the city of Boston is taking advantage of that new stance.

Acting Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester M. Crawford, in a recent interview with The Associated Press, said the agency will continue to evaluate programs on a case by case basis. But he noted that many cities and states are using the same Canadian pharmacies and Web sites to fill prescriptions.

``As long as they're coming from Canada, and as long as they're from drug stores that we have some experience with, then we would have a lighter touch probably,'' he said. ``But if it escalates and there are other countries, or if there are some events that occur, that could change over night.''

No comments: