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Who’s really looking out for you, asks DoctorSolve?

Canadian physicians motivated to provide American neighbors with access to affordable prescription drugs deserve more trust than FDA

(VANCOUVER, B.C. – December 7, 2004 /PRNewswire/) – Purchasing prescription drugs from an online Canadian pharmacy still makes some Americans weary because the Food and Drug Administration warns that it’s not safe. However, DoctorSolve Online Pharmacy is owned and operated by experienced physicians motivated by a desire to provide their American neighbors with access to better healthcare.

Dr. Paul Assad and Dr. Paul Zickler, founders of DoctorSolve, began their medical careers together 30 years ago as emergency physicians at the Royal Columbian Hospital in Westminster, B.C. They became close friends and continued working together as clinical professors at the University of British Columbia. Eventually, a desire to provide more personal patient care prompted them to open several ambulatory medical clinics near the U. S. border in Vancouver. At that time, they performed many phase three clinical drug trials.

According to Zickler, it was only a short time before they realized there was a huge need for seniors on a fixed income, and other uninsured Americans, to have cheaper access to prescription drugs. At that time, they opened their first Canadian office for American patients. Soon, DoctorSolve was born.

“We felt it was unethical not to make medications available to people who could otherwise not afford them, “says Zickler. “So we obtained permission from the FDA to mail prescriptions to patients unable to pick them up and founded DoctorSolve.”

Further championing the cause for affordable prescription medications in the U.S., the doctors also helped establish the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA), a non-profit trade association that ensures member pharmacies adhere to strict safety guidelines and provides consumers with factual information about the pharmaceutical industry.

During their eighteen-year tenure at Royal Columbian, the dynamic doctor duo played a significant role in developing the specialty of emergency medicine, championed legislation for the mandatory use of seatbelts and motorcycle helmets and developed cardiac life support programs. In addition, they trained paramedics and helped restructure the ambulance service.

On the flip side, the FDA is on big Pharma’s payroll.

Drug companies pay the FDA about $260 million per year in fees, according to Marcia Angell, M.D., the New England Journal of Medicine’s former editor in chief and author of “The Truth about the Drug Companies.”

“The Prescription Drug User Fee Act has undoubtedly constrained the FDA’s independence and influenced its decisions,” says Angell.

Although only about one percent of U.S. drug sales can be attributed to importation, pharmaceutical companies view the cheaper sales as lost profits. Thus, the FDA is under constant pressure to eliminate cross-border sales.

“To convince Americans to purchase the same drugs at a higher cost, the FDA says that Canadian drugs are not safe,” says Zickler. “However, the FDA knows Canadian drugs are as safe as those purchased in your local pharmacy.”

According to a recent statement by Tom McGinnis, the FDA’s director of pharmacy affairs, he can’t think of one example where somebody died or was hospitalized due to Canadian medications.

Perhaps our Canadian neighbors are more trustworthy than the FDA?

DoctorSolve is a Canadian Internet-based pharmacy intermediary (license #BC Q37) that offers lower-cost, long-term prescriptions. All prescriptions are filled by a professionally registered pharmacist. DoctorSolve is a certified member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association and ranked by PharmacyChecker.com as one of the best (five-star) online pharmacies. DoctorSolve has filled more than 200,000 U.S. prescriptions.

For more information, call 1-866-732-0305.

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