Canadian prescription wars continue

Jul 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: Behavioral interventions to prevent progression to diabetes equally effective in men and women

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

'Twisted rope' clue to dangerous solar storms

Oct 22, 2014

A "twisted rope" of magnetically-charged energy precedes solar storms that have the potential to damage satellites and electricity grids, French scientists said on Wednesday.

Recommended for you

Syria hit by flesh-eating maggot disease

1 hour ago

Three cases of myiasis have been reported near Damascus, marking the first appearance of the flesh-eating maggot disease in Syria, UN health experts said Friday.

Brazil's Amazon region houses latex 'love factory'

3 hours ago

Deep in Amazonia, Raimundo Pereira expertly cuts a gash in a rubber tree to collect white sap destined for the nearby factory at Xapuri, the world's only producer of contraceptives made from tropical forest latex.

Ebola scare boosts business for US company

3 hours ago

The Ebola scare has subsided in the United States, at least temporarily, but an Alabama manufacturer is still trying to catch up with a glut of orders for gear to protect against the disease.

Sperm can carry Ebola for 82 days: WHO

3 hours ago

Sperm can carry the Ebola virus for at least 82 days, the World Health Organization said Friday, urging men recovering from the disease to use condoms for three months after the onset of symptoms.

'Chatty' cells help build the brain

6 hours ago

The cerebral cortex, which controls higher processes such as perception, thought and cognition, is the most complex structure in the mammalian central nervous system. Although much is known about the intricate ...

User comments : 0

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.