Monday, February 13, 2006

Not So Fast, Affordable Prescription Drugs

The following is from the Fierce Healthcare newsletter:

"Customs agents appear to have stepped up seizures of shipments from Canadian Internet pharmacies since the launch of Medicare Part D, according to the Los Angeles Times. Most of the Canadian suppliers the newspaper contacted say the number of confiscations has risen sharply over the past month. "It's huge--we've had over 800 seizures in January, up from 15 in a typical month," one importer told the paper. Shipping prescription drugs into the country without FDA approval has always been illegal, but customs officials have historically turned a blind eye. Some media reports have suggested that problems with the Part D rollout have led seniors to turn to Canadian pharmacies as an alternative source of inexpensive medicines."

The article from the LA Times has more.

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