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.

Side Stepping FDA Safeguards to Buy Medicine in Mexico Isn’t Safe, Former DEA Agents Warn

Dec 10, 2018

In this editorial, which was published in The Salt Lake Tribune on December 10, 2018, former DEA agents Javier Peña and Steve Murphy, warn that importing prescription drugs from other countries is “an extremely risky enterprise with potentially tragic consequences.”

Former Ontario Police Superintendent Warns That Gang-Backed Fentanyl Trafficking Threatens both Canada and the U.S.

Nov 20, 2018

In this editorial, which appeared in Inside Sources on November 20, 2018, former chief superintendent of the Ontario Provincial Police Don Bell discusses the threat that gang-backed fentanyl trafficking poses to the U.S. and Canada, and emphasizes the importance of working together to secure the border.

Pharmacist and Drug Safety Advocate Urge HHS to Consider the Dangers of Importation

Oct 17, 2018

In this October 16, 2018 for Drug Topics, Alliance of Safe Online Pharmacies advisor Libby Baney and pharmacist and American Pharmacists Association CEO Thomas Menighan discuss the risks to public safety posed by drug importation.

Chairman and Editor In Chief Warns That Allowing Drug Importation Is All Risk And No Reward

Oct 10, 2018

In this October 10, 2018 editorial for The Hill, publishing executive warns that America has nothing to gain and everything to lose if we forsake our secure drug supply chain for allowing the importation of dangerous drugs…

President Of Nonprofit Warns That Allowing Foreign Drug Importation Is A Threat To U.S. Patients

Sep 18, 2018

In this September 17, 2018, editorial for The Detroit News, the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest’s President and co-founder Peter Pitts warned that legalizing prescription drug importation will not generate massive savings for U.S. citizens while also potentially exposing millions of Americans to dangerous counterfeit drugs…

Importation Has Some Huge Risks

Sep 5, 2018

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

Discussing the Difficulty of the Import Problem

Sep 4, 2018

This distressing situation shows that deadly fentanyl analogues are killing Americans who are using laced non-opioid prescriptions.

Canadian Law Enforcement Veteran Urges Cross-Border Cooperation to Fight Fentanyl and Other Counterfeit Medicines

Aug 29, 2018

In this August 21, 2018 editorial for the Havre Daily News Canada Border Services Agency and the Ontario Provincial Police veteran Don Bell talks about the need for Canada and the United States to work together to combat counterfeit drugs.

National Sheriffs’ Association Sends Letter of Concern About Importation of Prescription Drugs

Aug 29, 2018

On August 8, 2018, the National Sheriffs’ Association wrote the President to oppose prescription drug importation. Importing drugs from other countries, they say, “jeopardizes law enforcement’s ability to protect the public health and endangers the safety of law enforcement and other first responders.”

Drug Importation is Fraught with Peril

Aug 23, 2018

As a licensed pharmacist, I’m all too familiar with patients’ difficulties getting medications they need and their physician has prescribed. As baby boomers age, pharmacists see more patients at our counters unable to obtain needed treatments for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses. This issue is now being acknowledged and a healthy debate has begun over possible solutions. But one idea policymakers shouldn’t pursue is opening up our country’s secure drug supply to medicines coming from outside our borders.