Comments on: The myth of drug “re-importation” http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/13/the-myth-of-drug-re-importation/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Jeremy http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/13/the-myth-of-drug-re-importation/#comment-18992 Mon, 20 Jul 2009 17:48:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4475#comment-18992 This argument takes the debate the wrong direction. The simple truth is that although high drug prices may mean a CEO makes a lot of money, that is but a fraction, far less than 1%, of the what consumers are paying for. So if you say to yourself “It’s OK to “re-import” because it all goes to the CEO anyway”, you are lying to yourself. What is really being bought are the hundreds of thousands of employees working on pharmaceutical development in the U.S. every day.

Our friends that buy their drugs from “Canada” are just freeriding off those that don’t and not paying their share of drug development costs. The result will luckily not mean a lower quality of life because the development has been done already, but future development will lessened. In other fields of medicine, such as hospitals or doctor’s price controls will have a more immediate impact on quality of life.

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By: Denver http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/13/the-myth-of-drug-re-importation/#comment-18859 Sat, 18 Jul 2009 05:16:56 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4475#comment-18859 hogwash, Mr. Pitts.

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By: Petunia McIntyre http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/13/the-myth-of-drug-re-importation/#comment-18748 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 01:48:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4475#comment-18748 What a crock! American drugs aren’t even made here – they are made all over the world. I have been buying my drugs from Canada since 2000, long before it was fashionable. And no one I know in Europe is dropping dead by filling an Rx.

Americans are going abroad for a reason. How about lowering the price of US drugs instead of supporting CEO bonus’ and shareholder profits?

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By: SGarrett http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/13/the-myth-of-drug-re-importation/#comment-18527 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:17:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4475#comment-18527 Peter J. Pitts, everybody needs to make a living but calling EU-made drugs unsafe sounds awfully contrived.

Let’s see:
-Bayer (Germany)
-Novartis (Switzerland)
-LaRoche (Switzerland)
-GlaxoSmithKline (UK)
-Sanofi-Aventis (France)
-AstraZeneca (Sweden/UK)
-Boehringer Ingelheim (Germany)

I would like to point out the fact that if you go to a pharmacy/chemist in Europe, it’s not to buy a pair of flip-flops and a Mars bar, a t-shirt for the kid, some potting soil, a calculator, develop some pictures, buy some pistacchios, milk, sandwiches, cookies and ice-cream. I forgot the canned soup, candles, air freshener, card games, plastic toys, cheap perfume, bad hair care products and my favorite: cigarretes and chewing tobacco. And pet food.

I am sure the quality of the drugs produced and sold in Europe are of the highest standards, and the doctors are far more conservative in their prescriptions too. The EU standards are upheld far better than the US standards at all levels. I’m thinking the really bad quality aspirins available everywhere in US dollar stores, supermarkets and 7/11’s. You see, the high European standard is upheld not only in the manufacturing but also in maintenance of good conditions on the shelves. And there are no guarantees any US store will keep the pills at the appropriate temperatures, or keep from selling damaged packages.

Yes, it’s a fact that the prices of medical drugs in the US needs to go down. And they will one way or another. Regardless of how much the US drug lords pay their mouthpieces.

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By: Patrick http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2009/07/13/the-myth-of-drug-re-importation/#comment-18472 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 02:38:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=4475#comment-18472 Or drug companies could charge less for their products. But then who would pay you to preach, my good sir?

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