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Canada says, Sorry Kerry, no drug exports for you!!!

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posted on Oct, 17 2004 @ 05:20 PM
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John Kerry might have made a promise he cannot deliver. Some Canadian internet pharmacies have decided that they will not export prescription drugs to the United States. Canadians are concerned that if they export the drugs it will lead to drug shortages and increased prices for Canadians.





More than 30 Canadian internet pharmacies have decided not to accept bulk orders of prescription drugs from US states and municipalities.

The move delivers a potentially serious setback to US politicians most notably Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry campaigning to give Americans easier access to cheap drugs from Canada.

Mr Kerry has argued that opening the US to Canadian imports could help lower the costs of prescription drugs for elderly Americans. Such reimportation has become one of the points of difference between him and President George W. Bush during the election campaign.

But growing concern in Canada that growing exports to the US could lead to rising prices and shortages north of the border has prompted the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (Cipa), whose members include several of the biggest internet and mail-order drugstores, to act. “We don't want to give Americans the impression that we have unlimited supply for them to tap into on a commercial basis,” said David Mackay, the association's executive director. Americans, he added, “can't get everything from Canada. We can't be your complete drugstore”.



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I wonder if Kerry will ignore this and hope that no one hears about it or if he will change his campaign strategy.

Jemison



posted on Oct, 17 2004 @ 05:39 PM
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This post is a little bit misleading. The article says that there are "roughly 150 internet pharmacies operating in Canada" and that "more than 30 Canadian internet pharmacies have decided not to accept bulk orders of prescription drugs from US states and municipalities." - What one pharmacy decides it won't do another one will.

Plus this "shortage" doesn't seem to be backed by any hard facts - it seems to be based on a public opinion rather than evidence. The article says, Canada's health minister, said over the weekend that he was not concerned at this point either about domestic shortages or the safety of Canadian medicines. Still, public opinion appears to be gradually turning against the online operators. (does not state a source for this public opinion poll).

The article also does not say that these Canadian internet pharmacies have decided that they will not export prescription drugs to the United States. The article says, "have decided not to accept BULK ORDERS", which are different from single orders by single users.


[edit on 17-10-2004 by zerotime]



posted on Oct, 17 2004 @ 06:08 PM
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It is unknown if the additional pharmacies will decide to follow suit but is quite possible:



Cipa members make up about a quarter of the roughly 150 internet pharmacies operating in Canada, raising the question whether others will follow its lead. Mr Mackay said discussion had been heated at an all-day meeting of Cipa last month at which the new policy was approved. With pharmaceutical manufacturers seeking to restrict supplies and the US Congressional Budget Office recently saying that reimportation from Canada would have a “negligible” impact on US drugs spending, the internet pharmacies have already had difficulty meeting demand from south of the border.


It goes on to say that public opinion and a lobby group for pharmacists and patients are AGAINST drug exports to the U.S.




Still, public opinion appears to be gradually turning against the online operators. Canadian Treatment Action Council, a lobby group representing pharmacists and patients, is due to speak out today against drug exports to the US.


Obviously the situation is not as cut and dry as Kerry made it appear. He seems to have made the assumption that if the law was passed in the U.S. that drug imports from Canada would be legal than it was a done deal. I don't think he took into account that Canadians might be opposed to it.

Jemison

Jemison



 
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