Sunday, January 16, 2005

Americans Could Lose Access to Canadian Drugs

Americans who stretch their budgets by purchasing lower-cost prescriptions from Canada could see those savings vanish.

Canadian health officials are considering measures to restrict that country's Internet pharmacy trade in the United States, a move that would force 1.8 million Americans to look elsewhere for lower-priced medications.

Several states and municipalities have established programs to help citizens gain access to lower-cost prescriptions from Canada. One program, I-SaveRx -- a four-state program initiated by Illinois -- also includes pharmacies in Great Britain and Ireland. Some believe a Canadian import ban would foster similar agreements with western European nations to supply U.S. consumers. more...

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