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NABP Changing Its Tune on Drug Importation?

For years, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) has opposed new drug importation proposals that would improve access to more affordable medication from Canada and other countries. Led by its executive director, Carmen Catizone, PharmD, the NABP’s efforts pertaining to drug importation have focused mostly on opposing online access to imported medications – meaning Americans getting cheaper meds from Canada and other countries. This is not surprising. NABP has received a lot of money from pharmaceutical companies for these efforts. Also, NABP represents U.S. pharmacy boards and the members of those boards often have financial interests in U.S. pharmacies. But here’s a surprise…

Earlier this week, an article in the Washington Post focused on various prescription drug importation programs offered by cities, counties and schools to lower pharmaceutical bills for retirees and municipalities. According to the article, the FDA may view these programs as illegal. The FDA recently raided some pharmacy storefronts in Florida but did not shut them down. Operating for 10, some even 15 years, those programs help Americans—especially the elderly— order affordable medications from other countries.

Mr. Catizone had the last word in the article. (more…)

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Schenectady County Drug Program: A Small New York County Saves Big by Buying from Canada

While the country’s drug prices rise about 12% each year (or 76.2% in the last five years), one county in New York State has found a way to keep the increases lower than the U.S. average (Schenectady County News Release).

With a total increase rate of only 8.9% since 2005, Schenectady County in eastern New York attributes success to its Canadian Drug Program, which has saved the county and its public employees more than $13.7 million in annual drug costs. The Chairwoman of Schenectady County Legislature, Susan E. Savage, recently announced that the current expansion of their Canadian Drug Program (to include two more local unions) will save $4.2 million in 2010 alone. (more…)

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