Importation

Drug importation is not a new idea.

Drug Importation Is Not A New Idea, And It Is Not A Good One, Either More Than A Decade of Experience Has Shown It Is Dangerous When an American living in Canada died of heavy metal poisoning in December 2006, investigators found that she had been taking contaminated medicine she had purchased from a reputable-looking…

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Drug Importation and the Deadly Challenge of Screening 275 Million Packages a Year

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in their report U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the International Mail Facilities (IMFs), describes the daunting job that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) faces when attempting to weed out counterfeit medications and packages containing illicit fentanyl. In 2017, IMFs received 275 million packages. Of these, 10,000 were screened by CBP, and of those 86% contained drugs. The investigation of a suspect package is incredibly time-consuming; an experienced FDA investigator might take as long as 20 minutes to process a package containing just on product.

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Congress Passes Opioid Epidemic Legislative Package

The Partnership for Safe Medicines applauds the passage of the SUPPORT Act, an $8 billion package which will help develop non-addictive painkillers, improve prescription drug monitoring programs, establish comprehensive opioid recovery centers, and strengthen Customs and Border Protection’s ability to intercept fentanyl that is illegally shipped into the United States.

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Importation Has Some Huge Risks

There are certainly things we can learn from other countries’ healthcare successes, but importation is not the right approach.

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