Sunday, January 16, 2005

State may look to Europe for drugs

From the Duluth News Tribune:
With the threat of losing Canada as a source of cheaper prescription drugs for about 2 million Americans, Gov. Tim Pawlenty and others are looking to Europe to fill the void.

But that's more complicated than it sounds. Pharmacy regulations vary from country to country, exchange rates are unfavorable and it's not easy for state inspectors to visit suppliers across the ocean.

"It's easier to drive up to Winnipeg than it would be to run over to London," said Human Services Commissioner Kevin Goodno, Pawlenty's point man for, the state Web site that helps residents purchase Canadian medications. more...

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