The overwhelming majority ofpharmacy personnel and headquartersexecs in the chain drug store industrysaid they are personally leery of usingprescription medications importedfrom Canada or other countries.
During a survey conducted by theNational Association of Chain DrugStores, more than 84% of the respondentssaid that, "without a governmentguarantee," they would not orderprescription drugs from abroad forthemselves or for a family member.
The survey also suggests that lastyear's flu vaccine snafu may be discouragingsome chains from offeringfree flu shots to consumers during2005. By a 2-to-1 margin, the surveyrespondents said that their drug storeswould not be providing free flu shotsagain this year.
Mr. Rankin is a freelance medical writer.