TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Nevada Launching Web Site For Canadian Drug Imports

Nevada Launching Web Site For Canadian Drug Imports

Reuters News Wire (
Sat, 6 May 2006 18:25:41 -0500

Over objections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Nevadans
will be able to buy prescription drugs from Canada over the Internet
starting next week, a spokesman for Gov. Kenny Guinn said on Friday.

"Monday is the anointed day," said Steve George, a spokesman for the
Republican governor, referring to when a state Web site linking
consumers to pharmacies in Canada goes into operation.

Nevada regulators gave the Web site their final blessing on Thursday
after weighing a review of the program by the state attorney general,
who had been skeptical about the measure passed by state lawmakers
last year.

Responding to fast-rising drug prices, a number of U.S. states and
local government have urged the federal government to allow imports of
prescription drugs, which often cost less abroad. The U.S. government
opposes the imports.

"There will be a caveat on the Web site saying that the federal
government views getting prescriptions filled in Canada with
non-FDA-approved drugs as illegal," George said.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited.

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