A Risky Proposition: Opening the US to Foreign Medicines Will Put American Children at Heightened Risk

In 2011, the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) released a report detailing the dangers posed to American children if the secure and safe U.S. medical supply chain is opened to foreign drugs through importation.  PSM’s latest report alerts parents to a growing epidemic: counterfeit, fake and tainted medicines.

More than one-quarter of all U.S. children take medicine on a regular basis, many who depend on prescription medication for life and health.

At the same time, many experts are concerned that the growing number of fake internet pharmacies provides a global distribution channel for fake or tainted medicines, making it much easier for criminal drug rings to sell their ineffective and harmful products to unsuspecting American parents.