Monday, January 24, 2005

Former U.S. envoy to Canada wades into Internet pharmacy debate

From the Canadian Press:
A former U.S. ambassador to Canada has turned lobbyist to help brand-name drug makers battle Canada's flourishing cross-border Internet pharmacy business.

While Gordon Giffin's private sector activities were defended in diplomatic and business circles Wednesday, a U.S. ethics watchdog questioned a former ambassador "cashing in so directly" on such a highly charged issue. Giffin, the U.S. ambassador in Ottawa from 1997 to 2001, is listed on the federal government's lobbyist registry as having worked since December 2002 on behalf of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. more...

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