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.

State Boards of Pharmacy weigh in against importing drugs from Canada

Jun 21, 2017

Pharmacy boards, which ensure the safety of prescription medicines at the state level, have been sending letters to Congress to expressing significant safety concerns about legislation that would legalize drug  importation. According to regulators, they cannot ensure the origin, safety or efficacy of drugs sold by foreign online pharmacies lists of safe, certified online pharmacies have not been…

First DHS Secretary: “It is too easy to ship deadly drugs in the mail”

Jun 21, 2017

The Salt Lake Tribune printed this editorial by Tom Ridge, the 43rd governor of Pennsylvania and first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on June 10, 2017. Ridge is currently a senior advisor to Americans for Securing All Packages (ASAP).   It is too easy to ship deadly drugs in the mail by Tom Ridge…

Kevin St. James Worries That Drug Importation Will Make the Opioid Crisis Worse

Jun 15, 2017

Kevin St. James, Commissioner of Rockingham County in New Hampshire is very concerned that Congressional representatives will pass drug importation legislation without giving any thought to the explosive impact that opening our borders to drug shipments will have on America’s deadly opioid/fentanyl crisis. In an editorial published in The New Hampshire Union-Leader, he lays out…

Health Policy Expert Declares Drug Importation “Unsafe, Unnecessary and Unwise”

Jun 9, 2017

This editorial was published by the Institute for Policy Innovation on June 5, 2017.  Its author, Dr. Merrill Matthews, is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, a health policy expert and contributor at Forbes.com. He also serves on the Texas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders…

American Pharmacists Association, National Association of Chain Drug Stores urge Trump to reject drug importation proposals

Jun 5, 2017

On June 1, 2017, the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), which represents 64,000 pharmacy professionals, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS), which represents more than 100 national and regional pharmacy chains,  sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging him not to support legislation that would allow broad personal and commercial importation of non-FDA approved prescription drugs. Both…

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…