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.

The ‘Price Savings’ of Drug Importation— Unboxing the Myth

Nov 17, 2017

Wayne Winegarden and Nouran Ghana’s editorial was published in Inside Sources on November 15, 2017. In it, they take a hard look at the supposed “price savings” of drug importation and find that the promises do not live up to what would happen. They believe that Americans deserve a better solution than plundering the drug supply of a neighboring country…

Proposed Bill Could Fuel the Opioid Epidemic

Nov 13, 2017

George M. Karavetsos’ editorial was published in The Hill on October 30, 2017. George M. Karavetsos is a partner with the global law firm DLA Piper. He formerly served as the director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Criminal Investigations and chief of the Narcotics Section and the executive assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida…

Importing drugs harms Americans’ safety: MacMenamin

Nov 2, 2017

Liz MacMenamin’s editorial was published in the Reno Gazette Journal on November 1, 2017. MacMenamin is is vice president of government affairs for the Retail Association of Nevada…

Pharmacists Association Director Warns That Prescription Importation Undermines the Fight Against Opioids

Oct 23, 2017

Oklahoma Pharmacists Association Director Debra Billingsley published an editorial on October 21, 2017 opposing drug importation proposals:

Now is not the time to allow foreign unlicensed pharmacies to start dispensing drugs into Oklahoma. It would just make it easier for drug traffickers or crooked providers to hurt our citizens.

Retail Association of Nevada Exec: drug importation puts Americans lives at risk

Oct 18, 2017

In her October 18, 2017 editorial for the Las Vegas Sun, Liz MacMenamin, vice president of government affairs for the Retail Association of Nevada, offers facts about drug importation:

Though this may appear as a simple and innocent fix to the problem of high drug prices, the reality is starkly different. Importation threatens the safety of all Americans and the security of the United States’ airtight pharmaceutical quality control system.

NADDI Director Warns About the Fentanyl Threat

Oct 16, 2017

In this editorial, which was published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on October 16th, Charlie Cichon, the executive director of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, warns Pennsylvanians about the dangers of fentanyl and discusses legislators’ efforts to protect them from the deadly imported drug.

PSM’s President Weighs in on Importation Fueling Fentanyl Epidemic

Oct 10, 2017

As PSM’s Board President, Dr. Marv Shepherd, wrote in an editorial for the Washington Examiner that was published on October 10, 2017, opening the United States to unregulated, imported drugs will offer fentanyl traffickers even more access to Americans:

“The reality is that criminals throughout the illegal supply chain from China to the streets of U.S. cities are making money at the cost of American lives. We need to be taking steps to eliminate illegal fentanyl from our communities, not providing new avenues for those who want to see just the opposite happen.”

Former Assemblyman Reminds Everyone That Drug Importation Is Bad For Alaska

Oct 2, 2017

Paul Honeman is a former Anchorage Assemblyman representing East Anchorage. He also is a retired Anchorage Police Department Lieutenant. In this September 28, 2017 editorial in The Bristol Bay Times, he highlights the dangers posed by drug importation and reminds everyone why it is currently banned…

Dr. Shepherd at the Interchange

Separating fact from fiction about drug importation at CNN’s recent Healthcare Town Hall

Sep 29, 2017

CNN’s September 25, 2017 Healthcare Town Hall was an opportunity for prominent senators to share important ideas about ways to improve Americans’ lives, but it also included some erroneous statements about drug importation. PSM’s Board President, Dr. Marv Shepherd, sent this letter on September 29 to clarify those issues.

NV Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association Tells Sen. Heller They Oppose Allowing Drug Importation

Sep 23, 2017

The Nevada Sheriffs’ and Chiefs’ Association sent a letter to Senator Heller explaining their reasons for opposing S. 469, the bill that would allow drug importation…