Justice Sues to Close Canadian Rx Shops

Sep 12, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson

The US Justice Department has sued to shut down two companies importing prescription drugs from Canada for sale in the US, reports the Associated Press. Current law prohibits
all but pharmaceutical manufacturers from importing drugs from outside the country.

The two companies, Rx Depot and Rx of Canada, operate 85 stores in the states.

The companies plan to contest the suit. An attorney for Rx Depot, Fred Stoops, “said the company has done nothing illegal and simply represents what Americans do all the time
on their own – crossing the border to have prescriptions filled more cheaply in Canada and Mexico. U.S. customs agents never seize those prescriptions.”

“All Carl Moore (president, Rx Depot) is doing is leveling the playing field for people living in the middle of the country so they have the same opportunities,” he said.

Moderator’s Comment: What is your position on the shops selling prescriptions imported from Canada in the US?

Opponents of these shops claim they represent a danger to consumers. Most seniors who are getting prescriptions through storefronts such Rx Dept are more
concerned with the danger to their savings posed by buying US versions of the same medication.
Anderson – Moderator

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