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Medical News and Perspectives
December 10, 2003

Northern ℞posure

JAMA. 2003;290(22):2921-2925. doi:10.1001/jama.290.22.2921

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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