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Capitol Health Call
December 10, 2003

Research Defended

JAMA. 2003;290(22):2929. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.2929-a

An Oklahoma judge handed the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a victory in November when she ordered drug-store chain Rx Depot to close its business of helping patients import pharmaceuticals from Canada.

"This ruling sends a clear signal that those who would put profit before safety will not be allowed to threaten the public health," noted an FDA statement.

Rx Depot's stores matched its customers, mostly senior citizens, with Canadian pharmacies that shipped drugs at prices lower than those typically found in the United States.

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