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Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Poli-Pharm

Illinois Governor Blagojevich wants all Americans to be able to legally buy prescription drugs from Canada. Itís well documented that prescription drugs in Canada are much cheaper than the in states. To that end, he put up a new web site today with an e-petition to Congress and the FDA at affordabledrugs.il.gov/.

I just cannot see Congress or the FDA approving this. I wonder what the drug companies think about this. I wonder what small family owned pharmacies think about this. So far, they're both pretty quiet about it. I wonder if this is the real solution to the problem of high cost drugs. I wonder if Iím the only one who thinks drug companies spend too much money on advertising.

If the government can mandate to doctors and hospitals how much they will pay for medical services, why havenít they mandated to drug companies how much they will pay for drugs? Probably something to do with consumable goods versus services. I donít know.

Posted by Marie at October 14, 2003 11:10 PM