February 21, 2006

THE SHOPPERS HAVE SWITCHED:

Fewer seniors turning to Canada to fill prescriptions (Associated Press, Feb. 21, 2006)

Retired furniture store owner Don Brock quit buying prescription drugs from Canada this year, now that he's signed up for the new federal Medicare drug benefit.

The next time he needs a refill on Lipitor, his daily anti-cholesterol drug, Brock will go to a pharmacy near his home in Litchfield. The 74-year-old says he was saving about $300 annually buying Canadian; now, he figures he'll save about $500 buying through Medicare.

Canada is losing traction as a source of cheaper prescription drugs for many Americans. Cross-border sales have fallen as much as 30 percent, according to the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, since about 42 million seniors and disabled people became eligible for Medicare drug coverage Jan. 1, and the group says U.S. authorities have stepped up enforcement of laws against importing foreign medicines. Several state Web sites connecting residents with Canadian pharmacies have also seen business fall off.


Despite dire predictions about Medicare backlash, seniors who actually pay attention appear to have, predictably, switched to the new program.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 21, 2006 5:07 PM
Comments

You mean they actually read the instructions rather than whine to AARP?

Posted by: ed at February 21, 2006 8:01 PM

Don't expect NRO or the other guardians of the conservative mantle to acknowledge this.

Posted by: AWW at February 21, 2006 8:10 PM

AWW:

They're too busy patting Reagan on the back for all his hard work dismantling entitlements....

Posted by: oj at February 21, 2006 8:14 PM
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