Posted November 24th, 2005, 09:16 PM
The American government has put the fear of God in its citizens regarding prescription meds from other countries. Being from Canada, our drugs are manufactured by the same exact manufacturers as in the US however the Bush Administration wants you to believe that our drugs are made in dirty back alleys and not good enough for consumption in order to the keep the US counterparts of these drug manufacturers happy! We got lots of old folks and cancer patients who cannot afford meds in the US coming across the border to buy drugs they otherwise could not afford. It's about saving lives and not putting money in the drug companies' pockets - the Bush Administration needs to wake up to that.
I'll get off my soapbox now!
No, that's not the problem.... The main problem is that not only is it a violation of American Federal Law, but the provenance of the drugs can not be verified. In more simpler terms, where the drugs come from, be it the United States of wherever, may or may not have come directly to the drug wholesaler from the manufacturer. There is no way to tell if these drugs were returns from another source, pharmacy, wholesaler, hopital, or agency. There is no way to guarantee the potency, authenticity, or storage conditions. Federal Laws and FDA regulations do not apply to manufacter, shipping, storage, and documentation of the path from manufacturer to wholesaler to pharmacy. (Not to mention you would not have easy legal resource for claims/action...)The most horrifing problem seems to be that most people forget that the FDA and it's regulations, are to protect the (American) public with regard to safety and efficacy of medications available to Americans. We in the profession, know about the "problems" that have occured. (Misbranded drugs, expired drugs, couterfit drugs, lost mail, etc).
To the original poster, I have met that pharmacist who is US liscensed. The problem is the source of the drugs, not the pharmacy/pharmacist. They could be duped by their drug source in total ignorance of provenance.
Last thought. To those who have a problem with the high price of drugs in the US, take it up with the manufacturers, they are the problem. In a free market they can and do charge whatever they fell they can get away with.
Now, I'm off my soapbox.