New bill would allow importation from Canada

Your actions to counter the FDA rules regarding Section 708 of Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA) are gaining traction.

As you may know, the rule would enable government officials to seize and destroy safe imported medicine. We recently wrote about Senator Vitter’s amendment to eliminate funding for enforcement of this rule—which would effectively undermine it.

Now, Senators Klobuchar (D-MN) and McCain (R-AZ) have introduced S.2549, the ‘‘Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2014.” This bill would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to allow for personal importation from Canada. And it goes even further, requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Services to create rules to enable and facilitate the importation of safe and affordable medicine. For example, the Secretary would be tasked with creating a list of approved Canadian pharmacies that would be available to consumers via the FDA website.

Pointing American consumers towards verified, safe online pharmacies would be a serious step in the right direction. RxRights has long advocated such a common sense tactic, since the cost of medicine in the U.S. is unaffordable for millions of Americans. Giving them a safe alternative so that they can access their needed medications is the humane thing to do.

The bill would allow personal importation of a 90-day supply from Canada. It outlines some key criteria, such as requiring that the pharmacist and pharmacy are licensed in Canada and that the patient has a valid prescription (written by a U.S. doctor). It specifically disallows the importation of controlled substances. Overall, we approve of the bill’s language. In fact, these are similar to the guidelines that we recommend people follow when looking for a safe online pharmacy

We commend the Senators for their work on this bill. In the future, we’d like to see a bill that expands to include importation from other countries such as the U.K., Australia and New Zealand (as in the recent Maine legislation). But allowing importation from Canada is definitely progress for cash-strapped consumers who can’t afford their medicine. Because, as we often say, a drug that isn’t affordable is neither safe nor effective!

13 Comments On “New bill would allow importation from Canada”

  1. SOUNDS good. I shudder to think how much the costs of prescriptions will go up to offset the payoffs to Senators and Representatives to KILL this bill. The cost of corruption will be astronomical.

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  3. I have taken the time to write individual letters to several senators begging them to support this bill. I hope we can all find some time to write at least one and get them on board here. I also wrote to John McCain to thank him and hope that he will continue pushing this for all of us who depend on these imports to survive.

  4. leyla sheehan-gruarin

    We have a Marxist in the White House who seeks to destroy our personal freedoms. I will contact my legislators and hope for the best.

  5. With the higher deductibles now it is difficult for many to afford medictions that cost $350 or even higher a month. We American’s can not afford the high cost of US Drugs. Something needs to change. I say a BIG thank you to the Senators that are trying to get this change. Health care reform is not going to help anyone if they can not afford medications. Thank you again.

  6. Even though this bill has bipartisan introduction, there will most likely be Republican obstruction. We need to be prepared with petitions and other public support tools.

  7. I think we should try to get AARP behind the legislation – they would have a vested inerest in lowering drug prices for seniors and have some clout to boot!

  8. opensecrets.org is the website one will go to when u want to see which congressman voted for which bill and also which congressman received”contributions” from which special kinterest group.

  9. Cory Booker a candidate fron NJ received over 167.000 from the drup co. special interest group. What that means to me is he will vote to reject the affordable drup bill

  10. Yes, thanks Irwin. We recently wrote an article featuring their data. It’s good info to have! http://www.rxrights.org/voting-upcoming-election/

  11. Funny you think Republicans are the ones to stop the importation legislation because part of getting Obamacare passed was getting support from big pharma. And in turn Obama pushes to cut off importation. Don’t drink the Koolaid. Dems are in bed as much or more than Republicans. http://www.rxrights.org/your-right-to-safe-and-affordable-prescription-drugs/an-imminent-threat-to-continued-safe-importation-from-canadian-and-international-pharmacies/

    S2549 is stuck in the Senate thanks to Harry Reid. https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/2549 Now with a Republican Senate maybe this can get passed.

    Before you say I am a Republican shill, I am a libertarian.

  12. My medications went from about 75/month to almost 450/month. Same meds, nothing changed. But the ACA seriously changed my out of pocket cost. Not to mention that the same insurance I was receiving is now the same insurance i have today, except it is costing me about 50% more. Hmmm…….

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