Florida Stores Help Consumers Buy Imported Drugs Despite Federal Ban

(By Phil Galewitz for Kaiser Health News)

LAKELAND, Fla. — A hardy market for imported low-cost prescription drugs has taken root in Florida, nourished by older Americans and tolerant regulators.

About 15 storefront businesses across Florida claim to help thousands of customers each year place online orders from pharmacies in Canada and overseas for medicines at prices up to 70 percent off what people pay in the U.S. The reason is other countries regulate consumer drug prices — the U.S. does not — and some cheaper generic medicines are sold there before the U.S. market gets them. Read article here…..

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