Look Who's Running Drugs

Americans are going to Canada--and Canadian websites--for cut-rate prescriptions. Bad idea?

For years, U.S. citizens living in northern border states from Maine to Washington have been slipping into Canada to pick up prescription drugs at cut-rate prices. The Senate passed a proposal last week that would make it easier to ship Canadian drugs directly to the U.S. But opposition from the drug industry is fierce, and Washington handicappers give the measure little chance of becoming law.

So where does that leave price-conscious consumers--especially those senior citizens whose drug costs are not covered by Medicare?

On the Internet, of course. In the past two years, online providers in Canada have been doing a...

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