January 13, 2006

Chalk one up for sanity

Nice to see the Pharmacy Board put its stamp of approval on the Canadian Drug Plan passed in the last legislative session. Our seniors, especially, will benefit. No word on when this will all be ready to go, but it is a step in the right direction.

"We are elected to enact laws. We did it. The governor signed it. You can't just ignore the law," Buckley said.
The law requires the pharmacy board to inspect and license Canadian pharmacies to sell drugs on a state-run Web site. Because of price controls, Canadian pharmacies can sell the same medication at rates 30 percent to 50 percent lower than American pharmacies.
The savings has prompted thousands of Americans to turn to the Internet for cheap drugs that could be dangerous or come from disreputable pharmacies.
Eight states have created programs to help their residents buy prescriptions from reputable Canadian pharmacies in defiance of federal law. But Nevada is the first state to pass a law that requires state licensing and inspection of Canadian pharmacies.
None of the programs in other states have been halted by the FDA.
Worried about the safety of the drugs purchased in Canada, Nevada lawmakers inserted the "FDA-approved" requirement into the legislation. Technically, Canadian pharmacies do not sell FDA-approved medications because Canada has its own regulatory agency.
But many of the actual pills are the same that are being sold in the United States. They have the same formula as FDA-approved pills, have been manufactured in FDA-approved plants and are stored and shipped under FDA-approved conditions, according to lawmakers.

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