Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Feds OK 90 days of Canadian meds

Hurrah for cranky old and sick people! The federal government will no longer seize prescription meds imported from Canada for personal use. Snip from WaPo:

Customs spokeswoman Lynn Hollinger confirmed the policy change Tuesday, saying the agency would no longer intercept the drugs or issue letters to postal carriers indicating it is illegal to import prescription medications. She said the policy change was due to political pressure from lawmakers and people who complained they were no longer receiving their medicine.

[Sen. Bill] Nelson said that the new policy will allow Americans to import small amounts of prescription drugs - roughly a 90-day supply.

"It's a great victory, particularly for the senior citizens who are having difficulty making financial ends meet in a time in which, sadly, some senior citizens have to make a decision between buying their prescription drugs and buying their groceries," Nelson said.

The change means that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will resume oversight of the importation of prescription drugs. Before Customs took over enforcement the FDA largely ignored the importation of small amounts of prescription drugs. It is still illegal to import prescription drugs from abroad, but Nelson said he received assurances from the FDA that the agency will not act on small drug shipments for individuals.


I presume you will still need to import your 90-day supply of pot from BC in the trunk of your car.


mdmhvonpa said...

90 days of pot? Wow ... for some ppl that would require a convoy.

Charles-A. Rovira said...

I was a musician and I concur with mdmhvonpa.

You could smell our smoke truckin' on down the road. (Now its just Willy Nelson and his biodiesel friends.)

But was is the operative term.

I haven't bothered with that, uh, shit, since I chucked it all in in 1976 and got a real job. :-)

I used to be the boy mothers warned their daughters about. It worked great. The daughters all wondered what all the fuss was about. With me, they found out. :-)

The only meds I ever needed was a whole lot of condoms.

Charles-A. Rovira said...

By the way, I have a podcast for MSers , by an MSer (me :-) at

Why not check it out and send me some feedback?

Charles *at*