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Local governments in US buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1126
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    High prices for prescription drugs have prompted widespread attempts to import drugs from Canada, where government controls make prices 20-80% lower than in the United States.

    The lobby group the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), says that imports carry risks but admits that the US healthcare system leaves too many patients without access to the medicines they need.

    Although drugs account for only 10% of healthcare costs, the amount has doubled since 1980 and drug prices have tripled. An estimated one to two million …

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