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Various States in the US Pass Bills Authoring Canada Pharmacy Purchases

Monday 23 April 2012 - Filed under Canada Pharmacy

Prescription drug prices, in the United States, are higher than in any other country. The price of drugs is so high that many people are unable to purchase their medication or take the medication in lower than prescribed doses. This is an extremely dangerous situation that may cause serious complications to many patients. The prices of essential medications are extremely low in Canada. It was only a matter of time, before US citizens began purchasing drugs from Canada. They either purchased it in person and crossed the border or ordered it through online sources. Although the purchase of medication for outside sources is illegal in the US, it does not stop US citizens from doing so. One consumer from Tampa, Florida commented on this, “The price of drugs in the US is more than double the price of medications in Canada. I cannot afford to pay these amounts and I am a diabetic and need my insulin shots on a daily basis. This is a matter of life and death for me, and I really don’t care if what I do is illegal. If I don’t buy the medicines from Canada, I will have no choice but to stop taking the meds”.

Prescription and over-the-counter drugs, in Canada, are cheaper than the United States because the Canadian government controls the prices that drug companies sell the drugs at. This factor reduces the wholesale price of medication. The prices of Canadian drugs are determined by the Canadian Patented Medicine Review Board. As drugstores pay less for their medication they are able to sell the drugs for less. Another reason for the low prices of drugs is because of the drug formulary. This puts restrictions on the purchase of new and expensive medications. A medication should be priced for cheap if the medication is to be put on the formulary. Head of Sales at Big Mountain Drugs, a reputed Canada pharmacy had this to say about the price of drugs “We are happy to be able to sell essential medication at less than half the price of drugs sold elsewhere in the world as in the neighbouring US. This ensures that medications are available at affordable prices. We have a large percentage of our customers from US and other international countries.”

Although the purchase of prescription meds from outside of the country is not sanctioned in the US, some states now approve the purchase of prescription drugs from foreign sources, for personal usage. For example, in 2007, US senator for Vermont co-sponsored the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act (S1232) allowing US licensed pharmacies and wholesalers to import drugs from various countries. Apart from Vermont, other states in the US such as Nevada, Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin run state sanctioned programs helping US citizens purchase cheap medication from other countries. The Head of BMD concluded, “Changes in the US laws are imminent with consumers demanding their rights to access cheap prescription medications”. After all, medicine at affordable prices is a human right as it is a matter of life and death for those who cannot afford medicines at 3 to 4 times the price that they can buy from cheaper drug sources.

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