Sunday, September 19, 2004

From New York Newsday:
Prescription trips
Early one recent Wednesday, Werner and Marlies Kress steered their 1998 Buick Le Sabre into one of the many strip malls on Hempstead Turnpike and parked in front of a small storefront, Discount Drugs From Canada. In an envelope, they carried prescriptions for Werner's blood thinner, Plavix, and Marlies' osteoporosis drug, Actonel.

Inside the austere Levittown office, there's no aspirin for sale, or beauty supplies, or shampoo. There aren't even any drugs.

Like many elderly people without coverage for brand-name medication, the Kresses, both retirees on fixed incomes, save a bundle by ordering their drugs from Canada. And David Feinsod, who sits behind a computer terminal, is their portal to a growing $1 billion mail-order drug industry that has sparked controversy around the world.

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