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Thursday, November 11, 2004

CANADIAN DRUGS

We don't want drugs from Colombia, but we do want drugs from Canada! At least some people in the US think buying drugs from Canada will allow us to cut the cost of prescription medications. The governor of Illinois thinks so; so do other politicians

There is worry that the FDA will try to stop this move on the grounds that the quality and purity of foreign-source pharmaceuticals cannot be assured. But look for opposition to come from another - and surprising - source: the Canadian government.

Canada's Minsiter of Health Ujjal Dosanjh has blown the whistle on such purchases. "It is difficult for me to conceive of how a small country like Canada could meet the drug needs of approximately 280 milliion Americans without putting our own supply at major risk," he said.

The dream that prescription drugs may be outsourced to Canada may turn out to be short-lived!

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