User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


57° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Most Popular Today


What's the Law on Rx from Canada?

May 5, 2004, 5:15 PM by Jaine Andrews

What's the Law on Rx from Canada?

While officials can't agree on a true number, most estimates are that about 1 million Americans are currently getting their prescription drugs from Canada--including folks right here in KELOLAND. But what officials can agree on is that in nearly every case, the practice is illegal. And those who chose to continue to take advantage of less-pricey prescriptions from the North, or anywhere else outside the U.S., for that matter, are breaking both federal and state laws.

Norman and Gertie Breen don't look like criminals. After all, Norman used to drive truck for the U.S. Postal Service and Gertie worked as a meat wrapper at a local grocery store while raising the couple's two children. Still, federal and state agencies say they're breaking the law receiving prescriptions from Canada. Breen says, "I'm a person that if I live in America, I like to do my business in America. But after a while, I'm thinking, they're not making it fair."

As more KELOLAND residents join the Breens in taking advantage of savings from the north, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is throwing up a warning flag, saying it's illegal to import drugs under the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act. That said, the FDA's guidance on importing prescription drugs for personal use allows the agency to use its own discretion whether or not to enforce that law. South Dakota Attorney General, Larry Long, says "The grey area is whether or not the drugs that come in meet FDA regulations. And when the FDA determines that they do not, they occasionally take action to stop the importation."

The Breens aren't breaking any state laws, but any South Dakota company serving as a go between for people like them could be. Businesses like Canada Drug and ACH Health & Wellness insist they don't fit the state's legal definition of a pharmacy so South Dakota's pharmacy laws don't apply. Long, however, disagrees. He says, "In order for one of these operations to be legal, they must meet state law requirements for regulation of pharmacies and pharmacists."

Interestingly, all of this could change. Earlier today, Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson asked President Bush not to stand in the way of efforts to legalize the whole process. It's the first time a senior administration official has conceded that legalizing prescription drug imports is inevitable and will save consumers money.

Previous Story

Next Story


Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Homeowner, Firefighter Dead After Overnight House Fire

4/13/2015 7:34 AM

According to Brandon Police Chief David Kull, 47-year-old homeowner David Smith was transported to a Sioux Falls hospital where he was pronounced dead...

Full Story
Procession Held For Fallen Volunteer Firefighter

4/13/2015 10:49 AM

Several law enforcement agencies assisted in a procession to transport a firefighter who died in a Brandon house fire.

Full Story
6 Arrested In Sex Trafficking Investigations

4/13/2015 10:15 AM

The arrests were made following investigations into sex trafficking in Sioux Falls by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation and Internet...

Full Story
Man Arrested For 1989 Minnehaha County Homicide

4/17/2015 9:47 AM

57-year-old Kim Leroy Aune was arrested by authorities in Lee County, Florida in connection with the 1989 death of Kimberly Eidsness.

Full Story
11 Year Old SF Student Faces Drug & Assault Charges

4/16/2015 12:12 PM

An 11-year-old Patrick Henry Middle School student is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a weapon after bringing a BB gun to school.

Full Story


Events