Ann Arbor, Mich—Mounting concerns that
US consumers' appetite for low-cost prescription medications from Canadian
Internet pharmacies will erode their northern neighbors' public health could
extinguish such cross-border distribution schemes, say some experts from north
of the border.
Recently, Canadians have faced reports of medication shortages and notices
of price increases, despite their country's system of price controls on patented
medications. Experts say the monetary lure of Internet pharmacies entices
pharmacists to trade face-to-face patient contact for a desk and a fax machine.
Some even speculate that the growing cross-border trade could lead to the
dismantling of Canada's price-setting regulatory agency.
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