The overwhelming majority of
pharmacy personnel and headquarters
execs in the chain drug store industry
said they are personally leery of using
prescription medications imported
from Canada or other countries.
During a survey conducted by the
National Association of Chain Drug
Stores, more than 84% of the respondents
said that, "without a government
guarantee," they would not order
prescription drugs from abroad for
themselves or for a family member.
The survey also suggests that last
year's flu vaccine snafu may be discouraging
some chains from offering
free flu shots to consumers during
2005. By a 2-to-1 margin, the survey
respondents said that their drug stores
would not be providing free flu shots
again this year.
Mr. Rankin is a freelance medical writer.