- Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services)Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Please Don’t Stop Americans From Getting Medicine at Lower Cost Outside the U.S.
I buy several prescription medications from online pharmacies in Canada and other countries where prices are much lower for the same drugs – often 80% lower! Millions of Americans like me do this safely, buying from regulated pharmacies with verified licenses. But next year these drugs could be seized and destroyed by U.S. Customs without notice, depending on what the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, decides. Please sign my petition asking Secretary Sebelius to stop this from happening.
Although the law says that ordering most medications from outside the country is not legal (a law that should be changed), the government has not taken actions against individuals like me who purchase small quantities for personal use. To order safely you just need a valid prescription filled by a licensed pharmacy, and you can’t order a controlled substance, like a pain medicine.
Drug companies are lobbying the government very hard to take actions that would keep Americans paying inflated prices while they sell the same drugs for much less outside the U.S. Meanwhile, tens of millions of Americans don’t fill their prescriptions due to high drug costs.
Speak up. Don’t let the pharmaceutical industry dictate where you can buy your medicine and how much you have to pay. Keep the lifeline to lower cost medication open and sign the petition to Secretary Sebelius now!
- Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services
Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services)
An estimated 5 million Americans buy prescription medications for their own use from pharmacies outside the U.S. where prices are as much as 80% lower. However, the law (Section 708 of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act of 2012) says that it is now up to you, as Secretary, to decide what action will be taken when these medicines come into the U.S. Will they be allowed safe passage to patients, or will they be sent back or even destroyed? And will patients have the right to easily appeal a government action?
Research has shown that by purchasing from pharmacies with licenses verified by third parties, such as PharmacyChecker.com, Americans receive genuine medication, often made by the same companies that produce them for sale in the U.S. I know you understand the value and safety of buying medicine abroad because, when you were Governor of Kansas, you set up a personal drug importation program to help the residents of Kansas.
Please say that personally imported prescription medications from Canada and other countries with high pharmacy standards should not be sent back, taken away, or destroyed, unless there is clear evidence that the drug is not genuine or is dangerous (such as a controlled substance). And if a medication gets held for some reason, make sure the patient is promptly notified and given the right to easily respond so that appropriate medication may be promptly released and allowed to reach the patient.
I’m counting on you to keep this critical lifeline available.
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