Resolve to bar Canadian meds dwindles

Wojcik, Joanne
September 2003
Business Insurance;9/1/2003, Vol. 37 Issue 35, p39
The city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts may try to reduce its prescription drug-related benefits costs by allowing plan participants to buy prescriptions from Canada. According to a spokeswoman in the mayor's office, the city of Pittsfield is looking into the possibility of purchasing drugs from Canada. Last month, the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, announced that it would pay the full cost of drugs purchased from Canada by members of its health plan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prohibits businesses from reselling drugs manufactured in the United States and exported to other countries. The FDA also bars consumers from bringing nonapproved drugs into the country. However, the FDA has not been rigorously enforcing that prohibition, and pharmacies have been springing up in Canada to fill prescriptions for people in the United States. A bill pending in the U.S. Senate would allow people to import FDA-approved prescription drugs from 25 countries, including Canada.


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