The News from WHOville

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  • 11/17/2006
Some new and crucial statistics from the WHO:

* Medicines purchased over the Internet from sites that conceal their actual physical address are counterfeit in over 50% of cases.

This should be cause for pause and reflection for those in the US who are calling for various and sundry importation schemes.

* Counterfeiters exploit weaknesses in border control whenever governments try to promote world commerce by reducing border inspections.

And yet we've passed a law that prohibits US customs and border control agents from opening packages of foreign prescription drugs coming into the US.

* In 2004 over 60 tons of stolen, expired, and counterfeit pharmaceuticals were seized by federal agents in Mexico.

And it's been shown time and time again that many of the drugs being sent from the Great White North into the US begin their journey in sunny Mexico.

The complete WHO report can be found at:

Counterfeit Medicines: an update on estimates

We here at Drugwonks respectfully suggest that, when it comes to trying to legalize drugs "from Canada" ("In Canada," as always, in quotes), Speaker-Presumptive Pelosi stop asking "how" and start asking "WHO."

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