Secret book deal to counter Canadian drugs exposed

BMJ 2006; 331 doi: (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;331:1103
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. New York

    A secret scheme to scare the US public into opposing legislation that would allow the importation of Canadian drugs—drugs that compete with expensive US drugs—has been uncovered after a book deal went sour.

    The fictional book about terrorists, a bit of sex, and poisoned Canadian pills was commissioned as part of an effort to cause US citizens to worry about the safety of Canadian drugs. The US ban on importing Canadian drugs combined with the exorbitant prices of US drugs means that many patients resort to internet purchases from Canada and elsewhere.

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    The scheme came to light after an argument between the book's writers and its backers when …

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