since the last major elections in this country, every politician campaigned on "lowering taxes, increasing jobs, and lowering prescription costs". that was the "vote for me" slogan of every politician running...both republicans and democrats.
and, since the elections, my taxes have increased, granted employment is up slightly, (another topic of discussion) and prescription costs have not come down, but increased.
many americans have traveled into canada to buy prescription drugs. here locally, they would transport elderly people by the bus loads into canada just for that purpose...until state lawmakers got involved and put the squeeze on it. now, why would these same people who told you during elections they would fight to lower prescription costs now prevent or make it harder for you to get your needed drugs?
their reasons are plentiful, but most of them are the same: "america's drugs are safer", "canadian drugs are not FDA approved", blah blah blah... i feel the reason is because they are under pressure from the pharmaceutical lobbyists to stop this exodus to buy canadian drugs. often these are the exact same drugs you buy in america at inflated prices...sometimes over 200%.
you get the picture........
rudy giuliani, who we all suspect of being chosen as the next GOP VP choice is now attempting to court the pharmaceutical lobbyist. these people were major contributors for the bush campaign and rudy wants to ensure they will continue to pour their money into the republican party.
so, rudy, comes up with the latest list as to why americans should be prevented from buying canadian drugs...
Giuliani Partners Report
Examination and Assessment of Prescription Drug Importation from Foreign Sources to the United States
There are significant risks and problems associated with importing non-FDA-approved medicines from foreign sources.
Foreign governments are primarily concerned with the safety and effectiveness of drugs sold to their own citizens, not necessarily those exported to other countries.
The number of counterfeit drug cases is on the rise.
By expanding the sources for drugs, it will be harder to ensure authenticity and chain of custody.
Ways to "track and trace" medicines electronically are still a few years away from system-wide implementation.
It would cost billions for the FDA to implement a safe importation system.
Non-FDA-approved drugs are already coming into the U.S. During a visit by Giuliani Partners to the JFK Airport Mail Facility, controlled substances, injectables, and medicines with sensitive storage requirements delivered from the Netherlands, Brazil, and Pakistan were discovered. FDA random inspections at several mail facilities have revealed that 86 percent to 88 percent of the packages examined contained non-FDA-approved drugs.
Internet pharmacies are not regulated. Foreign Internet mail-order pharmacy businesses, from which some U.S. patients order prescription drugs, are not regulated. Many do not employ doctors, some do not require prescriptions, and many require patients to sign waivers in order to have their prescription filled. Patients cannot assume that the drugs they receive are identical to what they would get in the United States. Several large Canadian Internet pharmacies are already filling prescriptions with drugs from foreign countries (countries other than the U.S. and Canada). Ordering prescription drugs via Internet mail-order pharmacies is fraught with risk.
There are loopholes and problems in the existing U.S. drug distribution system.
The volume of parcels coming into this country (estimated at more than 10 million annually) coupled with insufficient resources (the FDA has only some 100 investigators to handle this nationwide) makes meaningful inspection by the FDA almost impossible. At the JFK Airport Mail Facility, only 1 percent to 2 percent of the 40,000 packages received daily are inspected.
Wholesalers and distributors are regulated by the states, with no uniform interstate standards. There is no uniform way to track the pedigree of chain of custody of medicines from the point of manufacture to the point of sale.
There are reported issues with the "secondary" drug distribution market. Those responsible for oversight of the system do not have sufficient resources to conduct adequate inspections or effectively monitor the system.
Drugs are already coming into the U.S. from foreign sources. Some Canadian Internet pharmacies are filling prescriptions with drugs from foreign countries. The FDA, Customs and Border Protection and other entities should be provided with the authority and resources to ensure that the U.S.'s "gold standard" is not compromised further. Under the current distribution and regulatory systems, risks are likely to increase if importation is legalized.
The nation's medicine supply is vulnerable to exploitation by organized criminals, drug traffickers and terrorists. We should not open our borders to threats to our medicine supply when, in all other aspects, we are searching for ways to tighten the security of our borders. Several credible sources have identified links between counterfeit goods, including pharmaceuticals, and organized criminals and terrorist groups. Terrorist groups could use the system to either finance their operations or, worse, as a vehicle of attack.
The report's recommendations
Fix the existing system. The FDA, Customs and Border Protection and other regulatory entities should be provided with the authority and the resources necessary to ensure that the U.S. drug supply's "gold standard" is not further compromised;
The Department of Homeland Security should conduct a threat and vulnerability assessment of the nation's medicine supply;
Conduct an education campaign about access to assistance programs and safe, legal alternatives to reduce drug expenses;
That new efforts be undertaken to track potential problems with drugs obtained from foreign sources;
Better educate consumers about risks associated with drugs from foreign sources
and, naturally, the "terrorist" card has to be played into the reasons why americans should not have access to canadian drugs.
i highly doubt that rudy really has my best health interest in mind, and as i mentioned above, this was simply his way of telling the major pharmaceutical companies "don't worry, i'm on your side".