Survey Finds Most Chain Drug Execs Wary of Rx Imports

FEBRUARY 01, 2005
Ken Rankin

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.