Posts Tagged ‘Florida CS/HB 19’

PSM Statement on Florida’s Submission of Irresponsible Drug Importation Concept Document

WASHINGTON (August 26, 2019) – Shabbir Imber Safdar, Executive Director of The Partnership for Safe Medicines, released the following statement in response to Florida’s submission of a drug importation concept to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): “Florida’s Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Concept Paper [PDF] recently submitted to HHS demonstrates that Florida…

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Things we learned from sending a Freedom of Information Act request to Florida’s healthcare agency implementing importation

PSM filed comments recently with the state of Florida’s healthcare agency that’s attempting to make the mess of Canadian drug importation work after the legislature passed it without any serious scrutiny. After we filed comments, we subsequently filed a request to see who else filed comments and we’re left now with more questions than answers.…

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Florida Agency for Health Care Administration releases Request for Information for Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration released a Request for Information for a Canadian Prescription Drug Importation Program. It specifically asked “The Agency is seeking information from entities with direct experience in coordinating all aspects of Canadian prescription drug importation. ” Responses are due June 25, 2019. Read the RFI

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Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb condemns importation proposals and points out Florida’s sordid history with wholesale counterfeit drugs

Today at the National Press Club former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb addressed the issue of importation and specifically talked about the irony of Florida attempting to do it. Commissioner Gottlieb reminded us that the reason we have the pedigree system we’re implementing now (Track and Trace) is because criminal wholesalers in Florida in the early…

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Politifact ignores the world of criminal counterfeiters

Politifact.com emailed us this week with questions about a recent ad about the dangers of attempting to import medicine from Canada. They labeled it negatively, but we noticed that they ignored certain facts while coming to their conclusion. In the interest of fairness, we’ve published below both the email from Politifact and our heavily sourced response. Judge for yourself if legislators in Florida are being naive about the risks of importation in a world with a highly evolved criminal counterfeit scheme.

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New PSM ads highlight concerns of FDA Commissioner Gottlieb about the dangers of Florida’s importation legislation

Tallahassee, FL (April 18, 2019) – Today the Partnership for Safe Medicines released new ads to run in several parts of Florida that highlight the dangers of Florida attempting to import medicine from Canada. Five different commissioners of the US Food and Drug Administration, appointed by both Republicans and Democrats, have stated that such proposals are dangerous to patients, will expose them to counterfeits, and are unlikely to reduce the price of medicine.

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Drug Importation Claim vs. Fact At Florida Senate Subcommittee Hearing

Experts and leadership from The Partnership for Safe Medicines were in Tallahassee, Florida on Monday, March 25th for a Senate hearing on an ill-advised Canadian drug importation bill. During the hearing, our team heard many false or misleading statements about the proposal to take medicine out of the Canadian medicine supply and ship it to Florida. Here’s a fact check of the most egregious ones…

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