Letter: Delegation must say no to DRUG law | Letters to the Editor

Americans are struggling to afford the highest drug prices in the world. Now, at the behest of Big Pharma front groups, Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have introduced the DRUGS Act, a bill that would disenfranchise millions of Americans like me of essential daily medicines.

I depend on online Canadian pharmacies to pay for my medications, which cost two or three times more in American pharmacies. If the DRUGS Act is passed, the drugs and savings I get from online Canadian pharmacies will no longer be available to me and millions of other Americans.

Big Pharma vested interests supporting the DRUGS Act say the bill would crack down on illegal online opioid sales; however, the bill does not even mention the words opioids or fentanyl. Instead, the bill targets “non-domestic” pharmacies — the international pharmacies that millions of Americans depend on for safe and affordable drugs. Safe and licensed international pharmacies require valid prescriptions and do not sell controlled substances.

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Big Pharma groups that support the DRUGS Act usually and unabashedly exploit the opioid crisis to attack the importation of prescription drugs. Most appallingly, an endorser took $1 million from Purdue Pharma, the maker of the highly addictive opioid painkiller OxyContin. Special interests endorsing this legislation include the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP), the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM), and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). These organizations are funded by the biggest pharmaceutical companies – AstraZenca, Merck, Pfizer and others, even the opioid drug OxyContin, producer Purdue.

Americans like me need access to affordable prescription drugs now more than ever. Our representatives and senators should say no to the DRUG ACT.

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