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Canada Considering Curtailing Online Sales

The Associated Press has reported that Canadian health officials are drafting a proposal to prevent internet pharmacies from selling mail-order prescription drugs to consumers in the US. This proposal is expected to be completed by the end of the month, and it is unsure of how long it may take to gain approval.

Facing rising prescription medication costs, US consumers searching for cheaper medicine have been purchasing their prescriptions from Canadian internet pharmacies. These purchases are often at a substantial savings over what US pharmacies are charging for the same medication. Unlike the US, medicine prices in Canada are set by the Canadian government.

US patients have their physician fax a prescription to a Canadian doctor to approve and fax to a Canadian online pharmacy to fulfill the order. The Canadian government contends that it is unethical for a doctor to approve prescriptions without examining a patient.

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