Tuesday, October 26, 2004

From the South Bend (IN) Tribune:
Pfizer exec: Canadian drug imports safe
The regulated reimportation of prescription drugs from Canada would pose no safety risk to American consumers, according to a pharmaceutical company executive who stumped here Monday for Gov. Joe Kernan.

The executive, Peter Rost, said reimportation is common and safe in Europe, where northern European countries buy cheaper prescription drugs from southern European countries. And he said concerns about counterfeit or unregulated drugs are no reason to ban reimportation, but to legalize and regulate it.

"That is exactly the reason we need regulated reimportation," said Rost, a physician and marketing executive at pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. The company makes Lipitor and Viagra, among other drugs.

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