New York Times: 'Obama was pushed by the drug industry...'posted Mon, 11 Jun 2012
Lee Graczyk felt compelled to respond to a recent New York Times article. Regardless of whether or not the newspaper decides to print his letter, we wanted to share it with our readers.
It has been disheartening to learn about the White House’s backroom negotiations with the pharmaceutical industry. Especially upsetting is the fact that the Administration reneged on its support for prescription drug reimportation [“Obama Pushed By Drug Lobby, E-Mails Suggest,” June 9].
Each year, more than a million Americans safely import personal supplies of their needed medicines from licensed Canadian and other international pharmacies. They do so because imported medications cost 50-80 percent less than the same drugs in the U.S.
In today’s tough economy, the need for access to safe, affordable medications is greater than ever. Seniors and others living on fixed incomes struggle to afford necessities like groceries and utilities. Increasingly, they are forced to skimp on their medications or not take them at all.
It’s time for the White House to recognize this dire need for affordable medicine and allow drug reimportation from safe international sources.
Lee Graczyk, RxRights