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Thursday, October 30, 2003

Where have I heard that before

I'm still reading Illinois senate hopeful Blair Hull's Health Plan. As I said before, it's really long. Or maybe it's just not a page turner. Whatever it is, I'm still reading it. One of the plan's points is:

[...] a policy that would allow US prescription drug wholesalers and distributors to purchase US-made and FDA-approved products from countries with the same high safety standards as the US, such as Canada.

Gee, where have we heard something like that before. Just one little problem, though. As I blogged on October 23, 2003, the drug companies are limiting distribution of their drugs to Canadian wholesalers. What that means is, the drug companies are going to make sure there won't be enough drugs sold in Canada to provide for both Canadians and Americans.

See, Canada.com: Eli Lilly fights drug sales from Canada.

So much for that idea. Next.

Posted by Marie at October 30, 2003 10:49 PM


The Canada solution is not a long term fix. That's why Hull's health care plan (www.thehullplan.com) proposes to create an American government-run buying pool to negotiate with drug companies. In the end, we want Americans to have access to reasonably priced pharmaceuticals at their local pharmacies. Keep reading the plan! You're getting to the best part.

Posted by: John at October 31, 2003 3:28 PM