Petition urges Congress to legalize importation of Canadian meds
We’ve launched a petition today to support pending legislation to legalize the importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada. Click here to sign! And see our press release below:
The prices of some generic medications have skyrocketed in the past year—increasing as much as 1000 percent. Brand name and specialty drug prices are on the rise too. According to the Commonwealth Fund, 35 million Americans did not fill a prescription in 2014 because they could not afford to.
RxRights, a national group concerned with the high cost of medication says that legislation to legalize personal importation from Canada could provide a needed alternative for patients. The group is urging consumers to sign a petition in support of importation legislation.
In January, Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced S.122, the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2015, which would legalize the personal importation of prescription medication from approved pharmacies in Canada. Last week, Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) introduced a similar bill, H.R. 2228, in the House.
The bills would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to promulgate regulations to permit individuals to import a 90-day supply of medication from Canada. It would also require the Secretary to publicize a list of approved Canadian pharmacies in order to help ensure consumer safety.
“Americans have been importing their medicine from legitimate pharmacies in Canada for nearly two decades with no reports of adverse effects,” says Lee Graczyk, lead organizer for RxRights “This is a common sense solution that will provide immediate relief to struggling patients.”
On average, prescription drug prices cost twice as much in the U.S. as they do in Canada. Legislation to allow Americans to import mediation from Canada and elsewhere has been introduced numerous times in the past but has never moved forward despite bipartisan support.
RxRights is a national coalition concerned about the high cost of U.S. pharmaceuticals and dedicated to promoting and protecting American consumer access to sources of safe, affordable prescription drugs. The RxRights website includes information on how to choose a safe international online pharmacy.