Canada to ban bulk drug sales to prevent shortages
"Canada cannot be the drug store for the United States of America," Dosanjh told reporters at a press conference in Ottawa yesterday. The Canadian department of health, Health Canada, will create a monitoring system to assess the drug supply and levy bans upon discovering shortages, he said.
Dosanjh also said he plans to introduce a law preventing doctors from prescribing drugs to patients they haven't met, a move designed to limit individual purchases by U.S. consumers purchasing drugs from Canadian online pharmacies.
Dosanjh stopped short of imposing an outright ban on the cross-border medication trade, leaving Canada's Internet pharmacy business unscathed for the moment and Americans free to continue purchasing low-cost drugs from north of the border.
"It is not my intention to kill the industry," he told reporters.