Tuesday, October 05, 2004

From the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader:
Buying drugs from Canada?
State employees, pharmacists and the general public are responding with strong opinions to a state auditor's report suggesting that Kentucky could save more than $100 million a year by purchasing prescription drugs from Canada.

Employees, facing a proposed increase in their health plan costs, love the idea, said Charles Wells, executive director of the Kentucky Association of State Employees.

"We agree very much," he said. "Here is an opportunity for the state employees and teachers to save money."

But pharmacists see Canadian drug reimportation as a way for them to lose money.

"There is another side to this," said Rosemary Smith, a pharmacist who owns a chain of nine Kentucky drug stores. "We will completely destroy the pharmacy business" by purchasing medicines from Canada rather than local pharmacies.

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