Canadian prescription wars continue

July 24, 2006

An increasing number of prescription drugs ordered by U.S. citizens from Canadian sources are being seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

The increased seizures of the medications ordered by tens of thousands of U.S. citizens results from a government policy change ordered last November, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

In the past, federal agents Customs and U.S. Food and Drug ignored small mail orders of medications being delivered in the United States from Canada, where prescription prices are in some cases just a fraction of those charged in the United States.

That abruptly changed in November when Customs began systematically confiscating packages mailed to U.S. consumers by Canadian pharmacies, the Journal reported. The number of seized packages has reached more than 37,000 and some members of Congress told the newspaper they are being deluged by complaints from constituents.

The Bush administration and Republican congressional leaders have generally supported the pharmaceutical industry's opposition to Canadian imports.

The United States is one of the few nations in which the government doesn't control drug prices, the Journal said, noting pharmaceutical companies earn the bulk of their profits in the United States.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: Why would a criminologist support the legalization of marijuana?

Related Stories

Canadian medical journal editors are fired

February 22, 2006

The Canadian Medical Association has fired two of the leading editors of its peer-reviewed journal, reportedly in a dispute over editorial independence.

Recommended for you

Turbulence in bacterial cultures

November 30, 2015

Turbulent flows surround us, from complex cloud formations to rapidly flowing rivers. Populations of motile bacteria in liquid media can also exhibit patterns of collective motion that resemble turbulent flows, provided the ...


Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.