Monday, January 23, 2006

Across-the-border cheap Canadian prescription drugs

Nevada is the latest state to defy Washington and the pharmaceutical industry by adopting a law allowing the state’s residents to import Canadian prescription drugs. Currently eight states have enacted similar legislation and numerous more have tried and failed. Nevada’s approach was a bit different; whereas other states enacted similar programs by way of executive proclamation, Nevada’s law, fully endorsed by the state’s Pharmacy Board, was adopted by the state legislature.

The sponsor of the Nevada legislation, Assembly Majority Leader Barbara Buckley, D-Las Vegas, said the Pharmacy Board's action "is another step in the states' revolt against a broken federal system."

In what is hopefully a sign of the times, the pharmaceutical industry gave up trying to oppose the bill.

Asked why the industry didn't defend itself at the meeting, Tom Wood, a lobbyist for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said, "There didn't seem to be any point."

But he said the group's view of the Nevada initiative hadn't changed: "It's illegal.

With any luck, the power is starting to return to the people.

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