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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!

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    Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services)

    Stephen Barrett, M.D. started this petition with a single signature, and now has 8,864 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.