Google to pay $500 million due to Canadian pharmacy ads

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Google to pay $500 million due to Canadian pharmacy ads.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2011/08/iMmhPx.jpg[/newsimage]Google has apparently reached a settlement with the government that will result in a payment of $500 million for permitting Canadian pharmacies to target US consumers via the AdWords program.


Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/google-to-pay-500-million-due-to-canadian-pharmacy-ads-50636/](http://www.myce.com/news/google-to-pay-500-million-due-to-canadian-pharmacy-ads-50636/)


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#2

No more Ads for Cheap Viagra or Prozac? Pity.


#3

I don’t get this… So American companies can’t advertise for Canadian products in the US? Then we should ban all American companies from advertising in Canada and abroad!
And don’t say its because they can’t sell Canadian brand drugs that originally were made in the US anyway…


#4

They have to pay of the debt somehow. a couple hundred thousand like these and America will be in great shape.


#5

The US government needs to take a chill pill … wait … are they are controlled substance?

That’ll be $10 trillion US dollars … or … if you take a trip across the border … $1ca, and we’ll also throw in one free Canadian dollar :slight_smile:


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[QUOTE=iamrocket;2601305]I don’t get this… So American companies can’t advertise for Canadian products in the US? Then we should ban all American companies from advertising in Canada and abroad!
And don’t say its because they can’t sell Canadian brand drugs that originally were made in the US anyway…[/QUOTE]
This isn’t about an American company advertising for Canadian products in the US. This is a case of Canadian pharmacies advertising to sell American made pharmaceuticals to Americans at lower prices than they’re available in the US, and then exporting them to those customers in the US, which is not legal. (I think it has to do with the Canadian government highly subsidizing the pharmaceuticals in Canada, and there being an agreement between Canada and the US that they can’t be sold at Canadian prices and exported back into the US.)


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[QUOTE=BradWright;2601396]This isn’t about an American company advertising for Canadian products in the US. This is a case of Canadian pharmacies advertising to sell American made pharmaceuticals to Americans at lower prices than they’re available in the US, and then exporting them to those customers in the US, which is not legal. (I think it has to do with the Canadian government highly subsidizing the pharmaceuticals in Canada, and there being an agreement between Canada and the US that they can’t be sold at Canadian prices and exported back into the US.)[/QUOTE]
So … Canada is subsidising medicine going to the USA?
I’d expect the Canadian Government would have stepped in and had words about that.
They haven’t, so obviously the medicines really are that cheap, and the US government is just spewing that cheap medicine is coming in, either because:
a) they’re getting copious tax dollars on the US medicine … or
b) the drugs coming in from other places is low quality &/or dangerous … or
c) cheap knock-offs of locally researched & produced drugs leaving the research companies in the lurch for their funding … or
d) all of the above.


#8

You can blame the GW Bush admin for this one. They voted to block the importing by US citizens of cheaper Canadian sourced US made drugs of course pushed along by their source of campaign money the US drug companies