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The Senate has effectively blocked plans to allow the importation of low-cost prescription drugs from other developed countries like Canada, European countries, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
What about China? Famous for counterfeiting American goods, the Chinese are copy-happy, if not copyright-happy.

And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the […]

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You have to wonder why President Bush would threaten to veto Democratic legislation allowing the federal government to negotiate drug prices for seniors (and others) enrolled in Medicare’s prescription-drug plan.
Republican say that the competition between private drug plans is resulting in consistent prices for consumers and wild profits for drug companies and that […]

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The ceaseless advertisements for prescription drugs on TV bombard my restless mind and, now, restless leg. My good cholesterol takes a nose dive. My bad cholesterol creeps up. I feel uncomfortable in social situations and fumble for my Accu-Check. My skeleton has the structural integrity of wet chalk. My toe nails look like […]

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Medicare drug prices and premiums have gone up during the first year of the benefit, despite rising profits for drug companies and insurance companies. That’s what you get when you privatize anything - one good year followed by skyrocketing prices.
So why does the Bush administration strenuously oppose legislation authorizing the government […]

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There’s a perception that prescription drug prices are higher in this country than, say, Canada. Flomax (0.4mg/90 tablets) is available in New York state for as little as $150 and as much as $330 for a refill according to the state attorney general’s office. At CanadaDrugs.com it will set you back $102.18 […]

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Senator Collins today has voted in favor of an amendment to the Homeland Security appropriations bill that would prohibit U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) from using funds to prevent individuals from importing prescription drugs from Canada for personal use.
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Medicare prescription drug benefits for Maine’s senior citizens next year will mean a loss of over $9 million in federal funds and enough funky math to potentially jeopardize prescription reliability.
States were told this week that the Feds are expecting cash back for “dual eligibles,” seniors whose incomes are low enough to qualify for […]

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Maine has the distinction of being the first state in the nation to require drug companies to release all of their clinical trial data and post it publicaly online. See WLBZ
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A new federal Medicare drug program may cost Maine taxpayers “millions and millions of dollars” as of January 1, 2006. The program would provide prescription drugs based on the income and assets of participating seniors and disabled Mainers. Participants don’t have much time to decide and neither do officials… Congress enacted […]

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Drug store owners worry that they could be left out of the loop if the Penobscot Indian Nation’s plans continue to open the first mail order drug company this spring. Every one else may save. See the Ellsworth American Penobscot RX
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At a press conference Wednesday Senators Olympia Snowe and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) announced the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act - allowing Americans to buy cheaper drugs from Canada and other countries. WLBZ or O. Snowe press release
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