U.S. Legislators Are Calling for A Policy Change
Group busing programs to help seniors purchase Canadian prescription drugs are an indication that the high cost of prescription drugs in the U.S. is forcing local governments to get involved with citizens in ways that are far beyond usual government roles, according to a CBC News article.
The article quotes Tom Oren, a spokesman for AARP Michigan, speaking to the Detroit Free Press: "Local government is certainly getting involved. They perceive it as another service to the community."
U.S. Legislators Are
Calling for A Policy Change
Across the United States, other local and state governments are getting involved in the push to provide seniors with the option to purchase lower priced Canadian prescription drugs.
For example, the State of Vermont petitioned the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to approve a pilot program that would allow importation of Canadian prescription drugs.
Vermont state officials are also calling for a change in the position currently taken by the Bush administration and the federal government, which reject efforts like this to cut prescription drug costs for seniors and others.
U.S. Drug Costs
Highest in the World
Prescription drugs are more expensive in the United States than anywhere else in the world.
The U.S. is the only industrialized nation that doesn't enforce price controls to keep prescription drug costs down. U.S. drug companies have fought against limiting drug prices, or allowing the importation of price-controlled medications from other countries, because it would deprive the pharmaceutical industry of billions of dollars in profit.
Drug manufacturers argue that limiting costs would reduce the companies’ ability to pay for the costly research that creates new medications.
What You Can Do
- If you choose to purchase Canadian prescription drugs from just any website online, you run a very big risk that the drugs may not be approved by Health Canada. An organization that regulates state pharmacies, The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), has received numerous complaints about online Canadian drug sellers. Common complaints include customers who thought they were getting Canadian prescription drugs but received drugs from Asia, and customers who were charged for medication but never received it.
It is very important to ensure that you are dealing with a legitimate pharmacy and not an illegal drug Web site. Candisrx.com works with a licensed Canadian pharmacy to ensure safe and quality prescription drugs.