Monday, August 23, 2004

From the San Diego Union Tribune:
Drug discount plan seen as ploy to derail import bills
Legislators and consumer advocates criticized Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's drug discount plan yesterday as a decoy intended to thwart their efforts to lower the cost of prescription drugs by opening access to Canadian pharmaceuticals.

"Is it a savings? Yes. Is it the best we can do? No," said Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Los Angeles, who is sponsoring a bill to set up a state Web site for consumers to buy low-cost Canadian drugs.

From the Canadian Press:
Vermont sues FDA for refusing to allow imports of Canadian drugs
Vermont has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, charging the agency's refusal of the state's petition to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada was "arbitrary and capricious and otherwise unreasonable."

By filing the suit, Vermont has become the first state to take on the U.S. government's stance against so-called drug-reimportation schemes. In such arrangements, state and local governments set up mechanisms by which people can buy name-brand prescriptions from Canadian pharmacies at prices that are often 40 per cent less than they are in the United States.

From the Montgomery (AL) Advertiser:
Pharmacists target import drug company
The Alabama Pharmacy Association has filed a letter of complaint with the U.S. Attorney's Office against a Montgomery man who has started a company to facilitate the purchase of low-cost prescription drugs from Canada.

In a letter dated Aug. 16, William S. Eley II, executive director of the APA, a professional society representing pharmacists, states that Coleman and his company are "promoting the illegal re-importation of Canadian drugs" and asks the U.S. Attorney's Office to investigate.

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