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FDA Protecting Drug Company Profits—Not Patient Safety

Mar 7, 2005

The federal Food and Drug Administration started confiscating drugs ordered by Americans from Canada. One elderly man from Milwaukee, Charles Netzow, spoke out after the FDA grabbed his 90-day supply of the cholesterol drug Lipitor he ordered from a Canadian pharmacy. He said he saves $40 to $70 on a 90-day supply he gets from there. In December and January the FDA’s Chicago office nabbed 50 packages coming from the same pharmacy.

The FDA had the nerve to say that it is doing this over concerns about the safety of Canadian drugs!

Safety? That same week, the FDA admitted they pressured the regulators from Health Canada not to suspend the Attention Deficit drug Adderrall, which has been linked with sudden deaths and strokes, including in children.

That’s not to say that Canadian drugs are really safe, but if the U.S. lobbies the Canadians to not ban an unsafe drug, how dare they claim safety as a pretext for preventing people from getting cheaper prescription drugs. Not to mention, the U.S. approved the same unsafe drug!

Clearly, the only thing the Bush Administration is worried about protecting is the profits of the drug companies. The government controls drug prices in Canada, which keeps them as much as 70% lower than in the U.S. And the drug companies still make a big profit in Canada.

They take the people of this country for fools when they talk about the lack of safety of imported Canadian drugs. Better look closer to home!