Archive for March 2017

New Poll: Majorities of Pharmacists and Law Enforcement Say Drug Importation Proposals Will Increase Counterfeits, Erode Safety, and Spur Drug Abuse

More than half of law enforcement officials surveyed believe drug importation would increase the flow of counterfeit medications into the United States. Six in ten pharmacists believe drug importation would increase rates of drug abuse across the country. For Immediate Release March 30, 2017 Washington, D.C. – A new national poll of pharmacists and law…

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Finding Ways to Cut Your Prescription Costs

Patients may not understand that generic medication is therapeutically equivalent to brand name medication. Generics offer a affordable and safe option that all patients should discuss with their pharmacist. Additionally, there are prescription assistance programs available to help those who are struggling to pay for the medications they need. According to WBRC, if you have…

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Many medications are cheaper in America than in Canada: Generic Crestor

All the proposals by politicians to allow drug importation have overlooked something huge: most FDA-approved generics are just as affordable or cheaper in the U.S. as they are in Canada. We called several brick-and-mortar Canadian pharmacies asking about prices and found that a 30-day prescription of 10 mg tablets of the generic version of Crestor…

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The American Pharmacists Association Writes Congress to Oppose Importation

On March 22, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), which represents 64,000 pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pharmacy students and other pharmacy professionals wrote a letter to Congress opposing plans to legalize importation of non-FDA approved drugs. These proposals, they wrote, are “in direct conflict with recent efforts by Congress and federal agencies to increase the integrity and security of the U.S. drug supply.”

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Former FDA Commissioners Warn About Drug Importation

The Washington Post reports that the four most recent FDA commissioners have warned Congress that American patients will suffer if they import drugs from other countries, citing fake, substandard and contaminated drugs as potential consequences.

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Op-Ed: Why Drug Importation Is Flawed Policy

Mike Leavitt | March 20, 2017 With the issue of prescription drug importation being debated on Capitol Hill again, mark me in the skeptical camp. As a matter of safety and practical policymaking, drug importation simply doesn’t work. It is not by happenstance that our country has the world’s safest drug supply. Counterfeit medicines are proliferating…

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“Current Threats to American Patients from Counterfeiters,” March 7-8, 2016

“Current Threats to American Patients from Counterfeiters,” March 7-8, 2016 In a case currently in US courts, the Department of Justice alleges that CanadaDrugs.com sold $78 million worth of unapproved, mislabeled and counterfeit cancer drugs to doctors throughout the US between 2009 and 2012.  The CanadaDrugs.com case, which is one of several cases in recent years involving the sale of counterfeit…

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The Partnership for Safe Medicines Congressional Briefing March 16 -17, 2017

In 2017, the danger of counterfeit drugs is serious and ubiquitous in America, touching all 50 states. Large-scale smugglers bring in fake cancer drugs containing nothing but mold and water and sell them at a discount to oncologists. Fake pills containing deadly doses of fentanyl appear in the supply chain either from fake online pharmacies…

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