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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Canadian Drugs

CNN and the New York Times are reporting that the Canadians are apparently tired of providing U.S. citizens with discount drugs.  According to CNN,

Canada cannot be the drugstore for the United States," Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh told reporters at a news conference.

With the cost of prescription medicine rising in the United States, many people, including some senior citizens on fixed incomes, have traveled to Canada to buy medications. The Canadian government controls prices charged by drug companies.

"In light of potential American legislation legalizing the bulk import of Canadian prescription and other medications, our priority must be the health and safety of all Canadians and the strength of our health care system," he said.

"We must be proactive in making sure that the supply of affordable prescription medications remains stable and sufficient to meet the needs of Canadians," he said.

I was wondering when this might happen.  I figured that drug companies would not happily continue to supply Canada with sufficient drugs for not only their citizens but also our citizens for very long.  Larry Lessig has an additional thought-provoking and information article about this topic in Wired magazine. 

Thanks to Neil Wehenmen (new UC College of Law student) for this post.  [bm]

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