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Because of domestic controls, pharmaceutical companies offer prescription drugs to Canadians at prices below those charged to Americans -- but they restrict the supply to what is needed in Canada. There is concern that bulk export of the cheaper drugs to the U.S. market will provoke the drug manufacturers to argue for an end to that pricing agreement.
The bill introduced in the Congress last Wednesday would allow pharmacies and wholesalers to import medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and would permit individuals to purchase drugs for their own use from Canadian pharmacies.
Mr. Clement has said previously that he is monitoring the situation but does not expect the changes south of the border to affect the Canadian drug supply.
Druggists calling for ban on exports to U.S.