Monday, August 28, 2006

Mass. city ends drug plan that defied US

The Springfield, Mass. Canadian pharmacy plan is dead. This well-publicized and controversial plan was the brainchild of former mayor Michael Albano. Albano started the program in 2003 and both he and the plan were often the focus of the cross border pharmacy debate.

I suppose this could be viewed as another sign of the decline of the Canadian internet pharmacy industry. I'm sure somewhere a drug company executive is smiling...

From the Boston Globe:
The Massachusetts city that stood up to federal regulators and inspired a national movement to import less expensive prescription drugs from Canada is calling it quits.

Three years after Springfield became the first city in the United States to buy drugs from Canada for about 1,500 municipal employees and retirees, the city has decided to stop offering its own health insurance coverage, including the Canadian drug importation plan. ...more

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