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23 Jan: Bush to propose new healthcare plan tonight

From USA Today: President Bush will use Tuesday night’s State of the Union address to begin a new effort to reduce the number of Americans without health insurance and try to capitalize on state innovations. Bush’s plan would financially reward states that make basic private policies more widely available. Already, more than a dozen states from Massachusetts to California have proposed expanding private health insurance, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said Monday. The president’s plan would not involve any new federal money. It would redirect some of the $30 billion the government spends annually to care for people without health insurance who show up at hospitals and emergency rooms. The administration expects opposition from Democrats, particularly those who…

29 Dec: Have you signed up for the eDrugSearch beta yet?

We’re planning the official launch of eDrugSearch.com next month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t become a member of the site today. We encourage you to sign up now to begin saving on prescription medications by searching from our more than 20,000 listings. All drug listings are from licensed online pharmacies that meet the highest professional standards. So why wait? Sign up!

29 Dec: If Big Pharma isn’t picking your pocket, the big drugstore chains are

Rite Aid Corp. — the third-biggest drugstore chain, which recently agreed to buy the Eckerd and Brooks chains as well — has seen its profits rise of late after its introduction of generic versions of drugs such as Zoloft. Why? Because generic medications carry a higher profit margin for the big chains than brand-name drugs. Let me break this down for you: Big Pharma already marks up the brand-name drugs so much that there isn’t much left over for the big drugstore chains. Because generic drugs are much less expensive, however, the chains can mark them up substantially. This is particularly true with so much consolidation among chains, meaning reduced competition. This is yet another reason to consider purchasing medications…

10 Dec: Outsourcing: OK for Big Pharma, but not for consumers?

From the Pakistan Daily Times: US firms likely to outsource pharma products’ production ISLAMABAD: A number of US pharmaceutical companies are planning to outsource research and development projects and production of pharmaceuticals to countries which offer suitable conditions for these activities, Alan P. Larson, Senior International Investment Adviser to a US-based law firm and former under secretary of Economic Business & Agricultural Affairs, said during a meeting with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz here on Wednesday… (Aziz) said wide-ranging structural reforms introduced during the last seven years, coupled with macro-economic stability, consistency and continuity of policies, have transformed Pakistan into a destination of choice for foreign investors and during the last financial year the country received a total investment of $3.8…

07 Dec: Take responsibility for your prescriptions

Healthbolt has a nice post reminding us of the importance of educating ourselves about the prescription medications we take. Excerpt: As good consumers, we need to make sure that we know what’s going on in our own prescription world. According to a representative from the American College of Physicians Foundation, medication error is the most common of all medical errors … Take responsibility for our own welfare… One benefit of properly educating yourself — and of asking your doctor the right questions when receiving your prescription — is that you can order online with an even greater level of confidence.

07 Dec: Expert: “Seniors are wise to consider online Canadian pharmacies”

CanadaDrugTalk.com posts this quote from David MacKay, an international pharmacy expert and consultant: The bottom line in 2007 is that enrollment costs are going up substantially, drug coverage is declining and the brand name coverage in the doughnut hole is being eliminated… Medicare D is an insurance program, not a benefit. As consumption increases, so too will cost. The changes in 2007 clearly demonstrate the limitations of the program. Therefore, seniors are wise to re-evaluate their plans and consider online Canadian pharmacies… especially since Customs seizures are no longer an issue. MacKay is also quoted in this Toronto Star piece on Canadian imports.

17 Nov: When it comes to safety, it’s all about the pharmacy

In the fight to legalize the purchase of prescription medications from licensed Canada pharmacies, the FDA’s primary argument against importation is safety.  But the reality is, the risk of purchasing unsafe drugs is no greater in Canada than the U.S. Let’s say you buy a car stereo from the trunk of someone’s car; you are at higher risk of receiving a bogus product than if you purchased a stereo from an electronics retailer like Best Buy.  The same is true for prescription drugs; if you buy from an unreputable pharmacy, you run the risk of receiving poor quality or counterfeit medication. Did you know that the U.S. government is the number-one importer of prescription medication from Canada? The U.S. government…

16 Nov: Why do prescription drugs cost so much more in the U.S. than Canada?

The price gap between American and Canadian drugs continues to grow at a record pace. But what is causing the price of Canadian medications to remain stable while the price of American medications skyrockets? There are two primary reasons: 1.) Drug Price Controls In Canada, a government review board places a maximum market price for all new brand name drugs entering the market, and allows prices to rise only at the rate of inflation. These controls protect the consumer from price gouging by the major pharmaceutical companies and reduce the price difference between brand name and generic drugs. 2.) U.S. Consumers Bear the Entire Burden of R&D — and More American consumers pay roughly 3000 percent more than the actual…

15 Nov: Why the ban on Canadian drug imports is not enforced on individuals

The push to legalize Canadian drug importation has been a dominant headline in the newspapers over the last several years.  Stories of how the elderly load up on buses and go north to save money are heard all too often.  But are those seniors actually criminals for purchasing their medications in Canada? If the government wanted to, it could throw grandma and grandpa behind bars for illegally importing prescription medications.  This doesn’t mean that the government is going to prosecute the average Joe trying to save money on his prescription drugs.  The government is more worried about companies purchasing large amounts with the intent of reselling them in order to make a profit. Although the FDA does not encourage importation,…

14 Nov: Let’s end concerns about the safety of licensed Canadian pharmacies

While it is well-known that prescription medications from Canada are less expensive than the same drugs in the U.S., many consumers have concerns about the safety of Canadian drug imports. But is there any real reason for consumers to fear purchasing medications from licensed Canadian pharmacies? The fact is, drugs purchased from licensed Canadian pharmacies generally come from the same U.S. drug manufacturers that ship them to American pharmacies.  Legitimate pharmacies in the U.S. and Canada rarely, if ever, receive counterfeit medications. In 2003 the U.S. House of Representatives approved importing prescription medications from Canada by a vote of 243 to 186.  The U.S. Senate has voted similarly.  Many state and local governments are currently purchasing Canadian medications for their…

13 Nov: Why the FDA is against Canadian imports — separating myth from reality

The FDA was created to serve the American public by assuring that our food and drugs are safe.  In recent decades, however, the FDA has focused less on public health and more on protecting drug-company profits.  That’s the real reason the Bush Administration and the FDA oppose medication imports from Canada.  Let’s look at some of the arguments against Canadian imports and compare them to the realities: 1.) Loss of Jobs The Bush Administration claims that legal Canadian imports will cause a loss of jobs in the pharmaceutical industry.  The reality is that allowing drug imports — like other forms of free trade — will simply create a more competitive market, yielding lower prices that will put money back into…

08 Nov: Municipalities increasingly importing Canadian drugs for employees

Earlier this year, Boston joined the growing number of cities that have turned to Canada in search of more affordable prescription medications. Mayor Thomas M. Menino implemented a plan that is expected to save the city of Boston over $1 million over the next year by importing prescription medications for city workers and retirees. City council member, Felix Arroyo blamed the rapidly rising cost of drugs on the big pharmaceutical companies. “We need a limit to profits when our lives are on the line,” he said. Many other cities have already taken the same steps to order their prescription drugs from licensed Canadian pharmacies to cut back on costs.  Springfield, Mass., was the first city in the nation to implement…

07 Nov: State-sponsored Web sites for ordering imported drugs

Due to unchecked increases in prescription drug costs, the governors and legislatures of many states now advocate importing prescription medications from Canada.  Several states have even started Web sites for their citizens to order from approved Canadian pharmacies. These states include: 1. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has been a leading advocate of legalizing prescription medications from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. He created the program Illinois Rx Cares in order to provide monetary relief to senior citizens who fell into the donut hole of prescription medication coverage, as well as others who struggle to afford their prescription medications. The Illinois Rx Cares program helps locate and aid its users in purchasing prescription medication from safe and affordable Canadian…

06 Nov: Welcome to the eDrugSearch.com Blog

Today is the day! The eDrugSearch.com beta period has begun. If you are a healthcare professional, consumer advocate or member of the media and are interested in participating in our beta, you can simply go to our registration page and get started. We encourage you to contact us to let us know that you’ve signed on, and to give us your feedback on the site before our official launch in January. We’ve decided to open the site so anyone can sign up, but we don’t plan to market ourselves outside the designated beta groups until launch. We’ll keep you updated on the beta program’s progress through this blog. eDrugSearch.com is a consumer healthcare portal that brings together the world’s most…