Drug Costs: The Canadian Cure

At home he faced rising costs for his diabetic son's insulin. At work he was forced to lay off teachers, policemen and fire fighters in part because of skyrocketing drug prices. So Michael Albano, the colorful mayor of Springfield, Mass., looked north for a solution. Starting in July, Springfield became the first city in the nation to officially encourage its employees to buy prescription drugs from Canada. City workers fax or mail their prescriptions to a company in Canada; the prescriptions are filled there, and the drugs are mailed to the patients' homes. The workers get a reduced copay, and the...

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