Thursday, June 23, 2005

Canada to announce Internet pharmacy curbs soon

A Reuters newswire story on Yahoo! News reports that:

Canada will soon announce measures to clamp down on Internet pharmacies that send cheap medicine to the United States, often without Canadian doctors seeing the patients, Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh said on Thursday.

Dosanjh, who says the practice is immoral, has for months been studying a number of options on how to restrict a trade worth around C$850 million ($690 million) a year.

Canada, unlike the United States, sets limits on how much pharmaceutical firms can charge for their drugs. Dosanjh says Canada does not have the resources to become a cheap supplier for Americans hunting for cheaper medication.

Asked by reporters when he would make the announcement, he replied: "Very soon." Canada's cabinet will hold a retreat next Wednesday and Dosanjh is likely to unveil his plans then.


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