The February 2005 issue of Health Care News offers several articles addressing the ongoing debate over prescription drug importation. Canadian officials say they plan to stop importation into the U.S.; reports from the U.S. Departments of Commerce and Health and Human Services reject importation as a safe cost-cutting option for consumers; and few patients have signed up for the drug importation program launched by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The issue also reports on alternative approaches to cutting prescription drug costs, including common-sense smart shopping by patients and the emergence of insurance-free pharmacies. A December AP poll shows consumers are confident in the safety of prescription drugs sold in the U.S., while a new Consumers Union drug Web site informs, but may also mislead, consumers.
Also in this issue: 320,000 to be cut from Tennessee's TennCare Medicaid coverage, the White House hosts a consumer-driven health care summit, evidence-based medicine, health savings accounts, lawsuit abuse, and obesity.
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