U.S. Drug Industry Steps Up Lobbying in Canada

"America's big drug companies are intensifying their lobbying efforts to 'change the Canadian health-care system' and eliminate subsidized prescription drug prices enjoyed by Canadians," CanWest News Service reports. "A prescription drug industry spokesman in Washington confirmed to CanWest News Service that information contained in confidential industry documents is accurate and that $1 million US is being added to the already heavily funded drug lobby against the Canadian system."
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is the leading drug industry trade group behind the increased lobbying and PR campaign. PhRMA is also spending $450,000 to target the booming Canadian Internet pharmacy industry, which provides Americans with prescription drugs at lower prices than in the United States.