Archive for July 2005

Study: Seniors, AARP members have serious concerns with Rx importation

Senators David Vitter (R-La.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) joined forces today to present a new bill designed to allow the importation of prescription drugs from more than 20 countries all around the world. During their presentation, Vitter and Stabenow referred to a wide show of support offered by AARP and American seniors for the importation…

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Bill would bar trade rep block on prescription drug importation

WASHINGTON — Taking a step toward allowing the widespread importation of cheap prescription drugs, lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would bar U.S. trade representatives from forging agreements to block such deals. By Jonathan M. Katz, Associated Press July 28, 2005 Read the full story at newsday.com.

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Heart pills taken by millions recalled as fakes are found

Thousands of packets of an anti-cholesterol drug taken by millions of Britons as a treatment for heart disease are to be recalled after the discovery of counterfeit pills awaiting distribution to NHS patients. By Sam Lister July 28, 2005 Read the full story at timesonline.co.uk

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Prescription drug savings available through AAA

ORLANDO, Fla.-While Medicare is in the process of sending its users information on how to apply for help with drug costs this summer, AAA already has a simple solution that many may already be carrying in their wallet: the AAA Prescription Savings program. July 27, 2005 Read the full story at businesswire.com.

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F.D.A. hoping for indictment over fake pills

Since the recall of 18 million Lipitor tablets in 2003, the Food and Drug Administration has been investigating how counterfeit Lipitor pills made their way into United States pharmacies. By Stephanie Saul July 26, 2005 Read the full story at nytimes.com.

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State bill OKs entry into drug-import group

LANSING — State House Democrats say Michigan residents could save big on prescription drugs if the state joins a program letting them purchase medicines from Canada and other countries. By David Eggert, Associated Press July 25, 2005 Read the full story at freep.com.

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Patients cut drug costs in half

With the cost of a dozen daily prescriptions routinely eating into his wallet, John McClure decided years ago to cut his spending by cutting his pills. With his doctor's go-ahead, the cardiac patient buys double doses of certain medicines and then splits the drugs in half – effectively stretching a month's supply for two months.…

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