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Please Don’t Stop Americans From Getting Medication at Half the Cost from Licensed Canadian Pharmacies

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Every month, many Americans purchase their prescription drugs from a country besides the United States. Prices for some medications can be as much as 80 percent less than what the person would pay in the US. The medications come from licensed Canadian pharmacies, and are the same drugs that are dispensed here. The difference? The percentage of mark-up the drug companies add on to medications intended for the US market. 

Technically, existing laws in the United States prohibit ordering prescription medications from other countries, but these laws are archaic and not enforced. There are established procedures in place for US residents to order prescription medications from foreign countries. As long as the pharmacy is licensed, the customer has a valid prescription and the medication is not for a controlled substance, such as pain medication, the prescription passes across the US border problem free. 

The Department of Health and Human Services is considering making changes to this policy. Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the new Secretary of HHS, is being lobbied hard by drug manufacturers to put a stop to this process. She is facing the decision which, depending on which way she goes, could lead to many patient's medications being seized and destroyed by customs. Proposed FDA rules regarding Section 708 of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act would give government officials the authority to destroy any imported drug valued at $2,500 or less. Pressure from the drug industry may force consumers to purchase drugs at a steep mark-up in the United States, rather than the exact same medication at a more reasonable price (50-90% cheaper) outside the country.

Please take a moment and sign this petition. Let Ms. Burwell know your feelings on the matter. 



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