News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush -- Part II
Gov't Lets Pharmaceutical Co.s Charge Too Much
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-- Yousef Yee
WAR on SCIENCE
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WAR on WOMEN
-- Abortion Truths
-- Notorious Photo
WAR on WORKING FAMILIES

"Every industrialized country has some form of price controls on patented medications, except the United States"

ABC News
Cheaper in Canada
Why Do Drugs Cost Less Outside the United States?

By John McKenzie
Oct. 22, 2003
 
The complete article is currently (3/29/04) available on the ABC News website at- http://abcnews.go.com/sections/wnt/Living/healthcare031022_canada.html 
[found through a Google search by article title on the date above]
 
Excerpt--

— Canada's national health plan pays for doctor visits and hospital stays. But outside the hospital — unless a patient is 65 or older, or on welfare — the government plan does not cover prescription drugs.

Canadians, like Americans, must get insurance from an employer or independently, or else pay the full cost of medications themselves. ...

Canadians are spared higher drug prices, in large part because of price controls. The Canadian government has established a "Patented Medicine Prices Review Board" to ensure drug prices are not excessive. ...  

[The article gives the Board's formula for capping drug prices]

Every industrialized country has some form of price controls on patented medications, except the United States. ...

 

Copyright 2002 ABC News Internet Ventures.

 

MorningJournal.com (Cleveland)

Generic medicines fight to compete in industry

KATE MOORE and JAHI HARVEY , Morning Journal Writers 08/06/2002

The complete article is currently (3/29/04) available on the Morning Journal's website at-- http://www.morningjournal.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=4962742&BRD=1699&PAG=461&dept_id=499256&rfi=6 [found through a Google search by article title on the date above]

Excerpt--

...  Unlike the knock-offs in other industries, the biomedical makeup of prescription drug generics is exactly the same as their flashier counterparts -- the Food and Drug Administration accepts no lack-luster imitations.

In the United States, patented products are given a 20-year market monopoly. New drugs are always protected by patents, and most have spent seven years of that valuable patent protection in clinical trials before they are released on the market.

Most brand names are able to keep generics off the pharmacy shelf for at least 13 years.

But Claritin and many of their brand-name counterparts have enjoyed longer patent-lives than have prescriptions of the past. Twice the time of drugs made 20 years ago, according to the National Institute for Health Care Management. ...


[This article lists a variety of tactics drug companies use to delay the marketing of generic competitors, and FTC recommendations to speed them to market]

http://www.morningjournal.com/site/index.cfm?BRD=1699&dept_id=499256&newsid=4962742&PAG=461&rfi=9

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