Are you sitting down?
Today’s edition of the Christian Science Monitor carries a 900+ word article on drug importation that’s … balanced!
A timely and thoughtful story on pharmaceuticals in this publication is important — and not because of it’s arcane theological irony. The Monitor has, generally, been on the sidelines of the drug importation issue and this, its first long piece on the topic, is balanced, comprehensive and timely. Quite the trifecta.
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Some selected pull quotes to entice you to read the whole story …
“While prescription-drug costs in the US continue to grow at a faster rate than any other category of healthcare expenditure, he [Governor Schwarzenegger] said, residents of Canada, the European Union, and millions of others around the world pay less … because their governments impose price controls that effectively shift the financial burden of research and development to the US.”
“Schwarzenegger’s letter to Congress is a really important development because it is an acknowledgment from the largest state [by population] in the Union that this is a federal issue and one that needs to be dealt with by Congress rather than on the state level,” says Peter Pitts, a former associate commissioner at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), now vice president for health affairs at the public relations agency Manning, Selvage & Lee.
“The consumer can’t be sure of what he is getting or from where, and there is no relationship with a pharmacist who can review the entire profile of drugs someone is taking,” says Brian Meyer, director of government affairs for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
“Legalizing prescription-drug imports would cause drugmakers to raise prices abroad, not to lower them in the US, others note. John Graham, director of healthcare studies at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco, says such was the case with programs in Minnesota and Illinois.”
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