Affordable drug prescriptions are only a hiccup or an approved bill away from being made available for every American. On Jan, 12, Senator Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Senator Klobuchar (D-Minn.), proposed a budget-resolution amendment to allow importing prescription drugs by way of Canada that are much more affordable than in the U.S. Their bill failed by a 52 to 46 vote, with 13 Democrats citing safety concerns voting against it.
Not to worry! On Feb. 28, Senator Sanders, along with a few other Democratic senators who changed their minds, introduced a revised drug prescription bill that now has 20 Democratic sponsors on board. Reps. Cummings (D-Md.) and Doggett (R-Texas) recently introduced a companion bill in the House. These bills require that imported drugs must be made in a facility registered with the Food and Drug Administration, along with a valid website listing certified online sellers. Providing congressional oversight committees should insure these regulations are adhered to.
This updated affordable prescription bill may still meet with apprehension from Senators Coons’, (D-Del.) and Carper’s (D-Del.) and other legislators’ safety concerns for the following reason: One online Canadian pharmacy, CanadaDrugs.com, its executives and related companies, received a federal indictment from the Department of Justice in August of 2015, after they purchased and sold to United States customers what turned out to be counterfeit versions of the cancer drugs Altuzan and Avastin. The charges were that they smuggled and mislabeled these cancer drugs. However, Canada Drugs and its executives, for one reason or another, have since not been charged.
This lack of prosecution could be due to the fact is that after 15 years of online pharmacy purchases, there have not been any Americans reported killed by a medication purchased over the Internet from an international online pharmacy whose companies work with licensed pharmacies in other countries requiring valid prescriptions. Be aware that many of our big Pharma’s drug-making facilities are located in various international countries.
In conclusion, Senator Sanders advised that if we can import vegetables, fish, poultry, and beef from all corners of the earth that are approved by the FDA and other overseers, we should have the ability to import name-brand prescription drugs from some of the largest corporations in the world from Canada into the United States. Until our drug prescription prices become more competitive here, cheaper drug prescription imports from Canada should be approved in the halls of Congress. We should begin playing hardball!