Dangerous Canadian Drugs


"After nearly a year of sharp warnings about the dangers of prescription drugs from Canada," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, "U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials cannot produce a single U.S. consumer who was killed or injured by inferior medications from Canada." Neither can its Canadian counterpart.

There's a small number of cases—only two have become public—in which Americans were injured because Canadian pharmacies accidentally sent them the wrong drugs. But this also happens, the paper says, in "about 3 percent of the three-billion-plus retail prescriptions written annually in the United States."