Op-eds: Canadian and American regulators, law enforcement and patient advocates oppose drug importation

Since 2000, every head of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has opposed drug importation because the benefits that might be gained are far outweighed by the many dangers. Law enforcement, patient advocates, pharmacy groups, and regulators agree.

Comment: Importing Canadian drugs could harm HIV patients

May 12, 2017

This editorial by Scott Bertani was published in the Washington Herald on May 7, 2017. Mr. Bertani is the Director of Policy and Community Relations for Lifelong AIDS Alliance, a nonprofit health advocacy group based in Western Washington. Congress recently introduced a bill that would permit pharmacists and patients to import prescription drugs from Canada.…

Former police chief: Why Bernie Sanders’ drug-importation bill keeps me awake at night

May 12, 2017

This editorial by Derek Arnson appeared in the Washington Examiner on May 8, 2017. Mr. Arnson is the former Chief of Police in Nogales, Arizona. A 24-year-old woman recently crossed the Mexican border in Nogales, Ariz., on foot, pushing an inconspicuous stroller. In addition to her two young children, it carried five pounds of fentanyl,…

Economist: Drug Importation Will Not Improve Health Care Affordability

May 12, 2017

This editorial by Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D. appeared in Forbes on April 27, 2017. Dr. Winegarden is the Managing Editor for EconoSTATS and a senior Fellow in Business and Economics at the Pacific Research Institute. The growing problem of health care affordability requires prompt and effective policy solutions. However, just as the wrong medical diagnosis will…

Editorial by Former Canadian Health Minister: “Dear Bernie Sanders: Canada is not the United States’ drugstore”

May 12, 2017

This editorial by Leona Aglukkaq appeared in the Washington Post May 12, 2017. Leona Aglukkaq was a member of Canadian House of Commons representing the riding of Nunavut until 2015. She previously served as Canada’s minister of health from 2008-2013. Canada has long been a stalwart friend and neighbor to the United States. But there’s…

Carmichael: Drug Reimportation Isn’t Such A Great Idea After All

May 12, 2017

Ellen L. Carmichael’s editorial appeared in the Hayride on May 5, 2017. Carmichael formerly served as press secretary to now-Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D. She is currently president of The Lafayette Company. As the country debates the future of Obamacare, many Americans have overlooked another crucial health care fight looming: drug price…

A Patient Speaks Out: “Drug importation is dangerous.”

May 10, 2017

Ali Schroer wrote this editorial for the Washington Examiner on May 10, 2017. Like millions of Americans, I take allergy medicine. A few years ago, my doctor urged me to bid farewell to my local pharmacy and instead buy my medication from an online Canadian drug store, where it was cheaper. What terrible advice! The…

Former Head of FBI Warns Law Enforcement Will be Unfairly Burdened by Foreign Drug Importation Proposals

May 10, 2017

In an editorial published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Louis J. Freeh, former director of the FBI and former federal judge, warns that allowing American citizens to purchase medicine from foreign countries puts them at risk from counterfeit drugs, would incentive criminal organizations to make counterfeit drugs, and places more stress on law enforcement efforts to…

Karavetsos: Keep U.S. supply of prescription drugs uncorrupted

May 9, 2017

George Karavetsos, former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations wrote this editorial for the Miami Herald on May 6, 2017. There is no doubt that the increasingly globalized nature of trade within the United States and around the globe has opened the door to an expansive number of goods…

Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies Warns that Drug Importation Proposals Get It Wrong

May 5, 2017

The Morning Consult recently published an op-ed by Libby Baney, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP Global), a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the growing public health threat of illegal online pharmacies. In the piece, Ms. Baney stated that drug importation proposals are not a safe or effective way to address the…

Hill Editorial Warns of Health Risks Resulting from Drug Importation Proposals

May 1, 2017

Ronald Piervincenzi, CEO of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention describes the dangerous flaws in any plan to open up U.S. borders to wholesale prescription medication importation from Canada. In an editorial piece published in The Hill, Ronald Piervincenzi, head of the scientific nonprofit organization charged with setting effectiveness and purity standards for prescription medication worldwide argues,…