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Capitol Health Call
November 8, 2006

Canadian Drugs

JAMA. 2006;296(18):2194. doi:10.1001/jama.296.18.2194-b

The federal government said it is making it easier for people living in the United States to purchase lower-cost pharmaceuticals from Canada.

US Customs and Border Protection told members of Congress on October 2 that it was ending a 12-month operation in which the agency was confiscating mail-order prescription drugs coming into the United States from Canada. The agency also said it would continue to try to stop shipments of narcotics and drugs that appear to be counterfeit. Importing drugs through the mail is still illegal, but legal consequences appear to be remote.