Why Are The Republicans Opposing Drug Importation From Canada?

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    i don't understand this at all. from a political standpoint, if i were a senior citizen forced to choose between food and medicine because i had to pay the high ass prices the pharmaceutical industry is gouging people for, i wouldn't be voting republican this year. the dems are overwhelmingly the ones trying to allow people to import drugs from canada. how does this help bush and the republicans stay in power? its only giving an unnecessary point to the dems.
     
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    Because we have no way to validate the quality of those drugs....
     
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    true in some cases, but not in all

     
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    Health Canada would be a good place to start. If perscription drugs are approved here, they are probably safe, and have been validated through testing in Canada. Many of the drugs being imported by American's are the same drugs being sold in USA, only more expensive.


    Edit* you posted while I was replying Nato.
     
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    sorry
     
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    the costs are lower is SOCIALIZED MEDICENE!!

    Importing these subsidised drugs undermines US sales.. It's a stupid idea...

    I wonder just REALLY how many seniors have to choose between drugs and food.. And the further question.. Why did these people not prepare for their elderly years.. Ya see a lot of it is personal action and responsiblilty...
     
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    There are unexpected costs, which no amount of financial planning can prepare you for. People don't PLAN to be chronically ill, no one is that organized. I can speak from experience, $1200 per month for meds alone can suck up your savings fast.

    No prob Nato, you just got to it before I did.:)
     
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    Nato Air,

    For me, its more a question of how such a plan (allowing the US to buy cheap drugs from Canada) would be able to continue in the long run, and the effect that such a plan would have on both countries.

    The majority of pharmaceutical companies are owned/operated by people in the US. So Canada is, in effect, buying drugs from US companies, and getting discounts because the government buys HUGE amounts of medicines in bulk.

    At this point in time, relatively few Americans head up to Canada to buy cheap drugs, so Canada has no problem selling some of their "extras" to Americans.

    All of a sudden, buying drugs from Canada becomes legal...Americans FLOOD up to Canada to get their Viagra as cheaply as possible...suddenly Canada is noticing that there is a shortage and that CANADIANS might run out of the medicine....Canada is going to do one of three things:

    1) Raise the price of medication for Americans (right back where we started, except we are paying Canada instead of the pharmaceutical company).

    2) Forbid Americans from buying medicine from Canada (right back where we started, just in reverse).

    3) Try to buy MORE medicine from the pharmaceutical companies at the cheap bulk price.

    It certainly isn't going to raise taxes on Canadians in order to buy more medicine for Americans.

    Ok..so now that that has happened we need to look at what has happened in America...

    1) Pharmacies and the like in the US are having major trouble staying open since they can not stay competitive and since their customers can simply go online and order Canadian drugs...people lose jobs, business, money, livlihood...

    2) Drug companies are losing massive amounts of money. (Great! They make too much...Right???) So they could do several things...a) they raise drug prices for Canada (sending us right back to where we were before) or b) they cut research

    Research is ludicrously expensive. It takes years upon years upon years upon years to form a new medicine..and once you have a medicine, drug companies can expect several years being spent on tests and trying to get the drug FDA approved...all that time, there is no profit on what they are doing...simply the costs of doctors and scientists, labratories and experiments, test subjects and every other cost....and during that time, the only thing that have to pay for it is the profit made from the last drug they came out with...

    So if you take away the PROFITS from that drug, sure...the pharmaceutical companies are going to tighten up...lower some salaries, etc. But they are also going to raise prices for EVERYONE (including Canada) and more frightening then that...they are going to cut back on research. So if you are happy with the drugs we have out now....and nothing new...then good...you could buy drugs from Canada until the companies raise the prices for them too.

    You see, its not as simple as "they have it cheaper and I want it cheaper" there are long-term consequences to it that make buying drugs from Canada a bad and, in my opinion, ultimately futile idea.
     
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    undermines US sales? I can guarantee you that these pharmas would NOT be selling to canada, france, or any other socialized medical country if they were NOT still making a profit.
     
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    Many issues have plausible arguments on each side to defend except for this one in my opinion. The Republicans are just plain wrong here and are protecting the drug industry.

    The drugs are from the SAME company and just sent to two different countries. It is the exact SAME pill.

    But the industry is protected by the Administration because it won't allow us to buy drugs from Canada.

    This to me is a prime example of the government failing in its duty to protect its citizens. It has blatantly given up our health for money.
     
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