Canada Banning Bulk Prescriptions - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/29/05

Canada Banning Bulk Prescriptions

If you look to Canada to save money on prescription drugs, that bargain may be short-lived.

Wednesday, Canada's health minister announced that he intends to ban the bulk of prescriptions drugs that are exported from Canada to the United States, because he says in the case of many popular drugs, Canada is falling short on filling the demand for what is needed in serving their own patients.

"It is in the best interest of Canadians, Canada cannot be the drug store for the United States of America 280 million people can't expect us to supply drugs to them, on an uncontrolled basis, for controlled prices within our pricing regime," says Ujjal Dosanjh the Canadian Health Minister

However, Dosanjh also said the ban would not be a permanent one. Instead, it would be limited to specific drugs that are in short supply at a certain time.

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