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FDA backing down a bit on Canadian drug imports

by Bill Osler / August 16, 2004 10:43 AM PDT

At Yahoo

I have mixed feelings about this. The price break for patients is great, but the impact will be limited because of the fact that the FDA will still take action against most of the US based operations that have helped patients import the drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Patients who attempt to obtain Canadian drugs via the Internet without assistance may be subject to scams.

On the other hand, I continue to believe that the current system effectively leaves US consumers in the position of subsidizing cheap drugs for citizens of foreign countries. We still need to find a way to address this market problem rather than just nibbling at the edge of the problem.

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