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Join Us On Board the East Coast Rx Express!

by Jerry Flanagan, (310) 392-0522 ext. 319

Dear Friends,

From October 11th through October 14th, the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) -- a nonpartisan consumer advocacy group -- will charter a private train to take seniors and other patients to Toronto, Canada to legally purchase lower cost U.S. made prescription drugs. We will pick up passengers and hold press conferences in cities throughout Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Please help us recruit for the Rx Express! We are looking for seniors and patients with significant out-of-pocket expenses for their prescription drugs to join us. The goal of the trip is to demonstrate the tremendous disparity between prices of prescription drugs in Canada and what we pay here in the U.S. as well as to highlight the need for a national drug bulk-purchasing program and other policies to provide access to lower cost prescriptions. Prescription drugs are available in Canada, England, Ireland and other countries at 30-60% less than in the United States because those countries negotiate rates on behalf of all patients -- a move that drug companies have blocked in the U.S.

FTCR is providing the train, accommodations, return airfare, and most meals at no charge to the riders. The train will pick up riders all along the East Coast and take participants to Toronto where they will be seen by a doctor and issued a Canadian prescription. Participants will be charged a nominal fee in Canada for the doctor's services and will be taken to a Canadian drug store to fill a three-month supply of each prescription for which the patient will be charged.

We will invite members of the news media to ride along with us to document the need for policies to provide access to lower cost prescription drugs in the U.S.

Please contact us as soon as possible -- limited seats available. We will choose riders after conducting brief phone interviews with each candidate. If you have any questions, please call David Fink at (310) 392-0522 ext. 320 (david@consumerwatchdog.org) or Laura Antonini at (310) 392-0522 ext. 306 (laura@consumerwatchdog.org).

To read more about a recent Rx Express trip organized by FTCR on the West Coast through California, Oregon, and Washington to Vancouver, Canada visit: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org

Please forward this email to staff, volunteers, members, patients, and friends.

All aboard!

Jerry Flanagan
Jerry@consumerwatchdog.org
The Foundation for Taxpayer & Consumer Rights (FTCR)
Phone: (310) 392-0522 ext. 319
Fax: (310) 392-8874
www.consumerwatchdog.org
www.calhealthconsensus.org

FTCR is a non-profit and non-partisan consumer advocacy organization.

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Station schedule:

City -- Departing
Monday, October 11 (Silver Meteor #98)

Monday Miami, FL - 7:00am
Hollywood, FL - 7:26am
Fort Lauderdale, FL - 7:43am
Deefield Beach, FL - 8:02am
Delrey Beach, FL - 8:21am
West Palm Beach, FL - 8:47am
Sebring, FL - 10:15am
Winter Haven, FL - 10:59am
Kissimmee, FL - 11:42am
Orlando, FL - 12:07pm
Winter Park, FL - 12:40pm
Sanford, FL - 1:04pm
Deland, FL - 1:24pm
Palatko, FL - 2:21pm
Jacksonville, FL - 3:46pm
Jessup, GA - 5:31pm
Savannah, GA - 6:30pm
Yemmassee, SC - 7:18pm
Charleston, SC - 8:14pm
Kingstree, SC -9:02pm
Florence, SC - 10:04pm
Fayetville, NC - 11:25pm

Tuesday, October 12 (Silver Meteor #98)

Rocky Mount, NC - 12:51am
Petersburg, VA - 2:14am
Richmond, VA - 3:24am
Washington DC - 5:45am
Baltimore, MD - 7:00am
Wilmington DE - 8:00am
Philadelphia, PA - 8:25am
Trenton, NJ - 9:12am
Newark, NJ - 9:50am
New York, NY - 10:21am

Wednesday, October 13 (Maple Leaf #63)

New York, NY - 7:15am
Yonkers, NY - 7:39am
Croton-Harmon, NY - 7:58am
Poughkeepsie, NY - 8:42am
Rhinecliff-Kingston, NY - 8:57am
Hudson, NY - 9:20am
Albany-Rensselar, NY - 10:00am
Schenectady, NY - 10:23am
Amsterdam. NY - 10:40am
Utica, NY - 11:42am
Rome, NY - 11:56am
Syracuse, NY - 12:45pm
Rochester, NY - 2:01pm
Buffalo-Depew, NY - 2:58pm
Buffalo Exchange, NY - 3:09pm
Niagara Falls, NY - 4:40pm
Niagara Falls, ON - 5:45pm
St. Catharines, ON - 6:07pm
Grimsby, ON - 6:25pm
Aldershot, ON - 7:00pm
Oakville, ON - 7:15pm
Toronto, ON - 7:44pm