RX from Canada seized in Chicago! The war against importation of medication begins.

Posted: June 9, 2016 in Call to Action, Fight Back

I have purchased many prescriptions from Canada for awhile now. Hey, only a fool wouldn’t. Here in the U.S the land of the free, this great civilization and richest nation on earth our prescription for a months supply would cost $665.00. Lucky that we are still working and have insurance to pay for it. But when I maxed out my prescription coverage usually around August then what? Pay the full price in amerikkka or go searching across the border where civilization tries to rule. Under Lester Pearson’s Liberal government, Canada’s health care was expanded through the Medical Care Act, or Medicare to provide near universal coverage to all Canadians ‘according to their need for such services and irrespective of their ability to pay.  The price for our meds then drops down to $330.00 in Canada. Only a fool wouldn’t import. Only a fool would continue to support things here in amerikkka the way they are.

I have been a member of of an RX rights group fighting off attacks by the Feds on those of us who wish to freely shop for our prescriptions if it is by choice or by need in Canada and have our drugs mailed to us. Alarmed we were to say the least when we received the following in our in box.

On October 15 of last year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the FDA issued arule giving the government the authority to seize and destroy personally imported drugs valued at $2500 or less. We’ve been anxiously anticipating the fallout from this unjust regulation. And we just heard about an individual in Chicago whose medication was confiscated.

It’s hard to know if this is an isolated incident or the beginning of a crackdown on personal importation. But we don’t want to take any chances. We need to act now, and we need your help. If you rely on safe and affordable drug importation to access your needed medications, consider a donation to RxRights.

You may recall, we urged you to contact your senators and the Secretary of Human Services about the problematic language in Section 708 of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act a couple of years ago. Despite our best efforts, the law passed. But your letters had an influence! Initially, the government was going to hold consumers responsible for the cost of the storage and destruction of their confiscated medications. But the FDA’s website indicates it does not intend to pursue recovery of these costs from individuals importing medicine for personal use. That’s a win, no matter how small.

Still, consumers will lose the money they paid for the shipment. And more importantly, they will lose access to their lifeline to affordable medicine. We can’t let this happen. Nearly 5 million Americans import their prescription drugs from Canada and other international pharmacies each year.

Judith from California relies on importation to access her life-sustaining asthma inhalers. She shared her story with us.

“The price of asthma inhalers is too expensive in USA. I can import them for less than the cost of one inhaler by purchasing three of them. Even with Medicare D, the cost is too high for fixed income citizens.”

Can you relate to Judith? If so, please consider contributing to RxRights. We know many Americans are cash-strapped, but every little bit helps our campaign to counter this unconscionable practice of denying citizens affordable drugs.

This case in Chicago has us gravely concerned. How many more cases haven’t we heard about? Are you having trouble obtaining imported drugs? If so, please contact us immediately (advocate@rxrights.org). We intend to do everything we can to help.


Lee Graczyk
Lead Organizer, RxRights

P.S. If you already made a donation or can’t afford to make one, you can still help by taking action on our website and sharing this message with others interested in the cause!

P.P.S. You can also donate by check made payable to “RxRights.” Mail it to Lee Graczyk’s attention at: 2550 University Ave W, Suite 350 S, St. Paul, MN 55114.

RxRights is a national coalition concerned about the high cost of U.S. pharmaceuticals. We are dedicated to promoting and protecting American consumer access to sources of safe, affordable prescription drugs.

If you are interested in the work that RX Rights is doing see their site at http://www.rxrights.org/




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