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OT: Canada is severely insulted by US official.

From:Bryan Maloney <> <slimehoo@...>
Date:Thursday, January 23, 2003, 19:57
I don't know if this is going to make any headlines, but I came
across the following from UPI:

"Meanwhile, FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan, who also addressed the
conference, reiterated his agency's opposition to efforts to make it
easier for consumers to buy drugs from Canada at that country's lower

'We really do view this as a potentially important safety risk,' said
McClellan. 'Reimported drugs are not reliably safe and effective.'"

I'm not Canadian, but this looks like a really nasty slap at Canada
or a revelation that dirty dealings are going on in US pharmaceutical
firms.  The drugs in the USA are reliably safe and effective but
drugs in Canada are not, according to the US FDA!  It's nice to know
that the US FDA has officially stated that Canadian pharmaceutical
substances are to be considered substandard, below par, and inferior
to US goods.

I'd be wonderfully amused if enough people in Canada got wind of this
to raise a major stink.


Douglas Koller, Latin & French <latinfrench@...>