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March 2002

Shorts - March 2002

Drug Price Refugee Population Doubles During 2001

Statistics confirm that last year the number of US citizens forced to fill their prescriptions outside the US doubled during 2001. Current events in Washington have stalled legislative efforts to provide relief from soaring prescription costs. Without a solution, more than 33 million Americans are faced with some very hard choices.

"Tens of thousands of US seniors are crossing into Canada and Mexico. They call themselves - drug price refugees," says M. McCormick, developer of www.Medicines.MD, a consumer assistance website. "Adding to the problem has been the fact that until recently, it was physically required to leave the US to fill prescriptions. But with senior friendly fully licensed international pharmacies and the Internet, all Americans can afford their medicines no matter where they live.

Anyone having difficulty paying for their prescription drugs is encouraged to visit www.Medicines.MD to compare their current costs with international prices. Relatives, friends, and church groups are able to assist those without computers. Complete information is available on the website.

Vacancies on The Health Council of Marin

There are several vacancies on the Health Council of Marin representing both Consumers and Providers of health services. The appointing authority is the Marin County Board of Supervisors. The Health Council advises the Board of Supervisors on health issues and advocates on behalf of the people of Marin County for the development and allocation of resources to assure quality and accessible health care. Additional information about this Council is available on the internet at comm.cfm

Persons interested in applying for these positions should contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Room 329, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903, telephone number 499-7331, to obtain an application form. Applications can also be downloaded from the internet at: comm.cfm.

Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at 5 p.m.

7th Annual Fairfax Brewfest

An afternoon of beer, corned beef, bands, dancing, and merriment awaits those who want to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with pride as the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce presents the 7th Annual Fairfax Brewfest on Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Fairfax Pavilion. The Brewfest will feature over 20 local micro brews, food from Zocalo Catering of Fairfax, and the great local music by Michael La Macchia. Irish dancers and bag pipes will also be on hand. Breweries represented will be The Beach Chalet, Bagel Beer, Bear Republic, Broken Drum, DeSchutes, HeBrew, the Chosen Beer, Lagunitas, Lost Coast, Magnolia Brewing, Marin Brewing Company, Moylan's, Ross Valley Brewing Company, 21st Amendment, Willow Street, Real Beer Club and more.

Tickets are $15 and include entrance into the festival, a commemorative glass, six tastings, and great entertainment. Advanced tickets will be available two weeks prior to the event. Families with children are welcome and free "valet bike parking" will be provided. Proceeds from the Brewfest will benefit the Chamber Beautification Program and Web Development for the Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact Carol Buchholz, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, 453-5928.





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