Canadian Pharmacists Association

Canadian Pharmacists Association

May 04, 2007 15:52 ET

CPhA: Threat Grows of Exports of Canadian Drugs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 4, 2007) - According to the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA), American legislation could mean difficult days ahead for patients, as yesterday's passage of a US Senate bill moves the export of Canadian drugs to the US closer to reality.

According to Brian Stowe, CPhA's president, "If this legislation passes, drugs meant for Canadians could be crossing the border to meet US demand. This would have a negative impact on our country's drug supply system, including potential price increases and delays in the launch of new drugs in Canada." Continued Stowe, "Most importantly, we are concerned for patients who may be forced to go without their medications while the marketplace adjusts to shortages and other supply problems."

An amendment in favor of legalizing the importation of lower cost drugs from Canada and other countries is predicted to pass at a final vote in the US Senate next week. A similar bill has been tabled in the US House of Representatives. Democrats, who now control Congress, have made legalizing importation of cheaper drugs from Canada a priority.

CPhA, along with other health related associations, has spoken out for many years against the cross border drug trade. The EU has also expressed concern to the US government about the potential repercussions of this legislation.

Dr. Jeff Poston, Executive Director of CPhA stated, "Canada needs to protect itself from the draining of our drug supply, which could occur if the US passes this legislation. Our government needs to act before these bills are passed, not after, but this issue appears to be low on the Health Minister's agenda."

The Canadian Pharmacists Association is the national organization of pharmacists, committed to providing leadership for the profession and improving the health of Canadians.

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    Canadian Pharmacists Association
    Louise Crandall
    Manager, Public Affairs
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