Sunday, March 06, 2005

Drugmakers, Bush hurt Canada's Net pharmacies

From the Arizona Republic:
Andrew Strempler started one of the first companies in Canada to export cut-rate prescription drugs to the United States in 1999. Today, he drives a $300,000 Lamborghini coupe, smokes Zino Platinum cigars and sponsors hockey teams and a rock festival in the Manitoba town where his pharmacy is based.

Lately, Strempler, 30, has also spent more than $800,000 on lobbying and legal fees. He and dozens of other Canadian pharmacists are fighting efforts by U.S. drugmakers, the administration of President Bush and their own government to halt about $1 billion in exports of discount drugs. About 40 percent of the sales come from Manitoba pharmacies, which have driven job growth in the midwestern Canadian province. ...more

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