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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    Yep!! My BFF just went through the HepC insurance chaos and she is a teacher with great insurance. Her doctor ended up setting her up on a program with the pharmaceutical company with zero out of pocket. She had a needle stick about 18 years ago and was back and forth on her labs...most of the time they came back inconclusive. This last year she tested a strong positive and her liver studies were elevated. It was a miserable 6 months for her..the drugs made her ache from head to toe...but now there is no trace of the virus. It is gone.
    Is it true one in three Boomers has Hep C and most don't know it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by metheron View Post
    https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesF.../ucm143561.htm



    If we don't require these Canadian pharmacies to be held to the same standard that we hold our own to, then we are jeopardizing another high paying industry in the U.S. If we aren't going to require the same exact things from pharmacists/pharmacies/manufacturers in other countries, then we should lower our regulations to match theirs, to remain competitive.
    Good grief. It's CANADA, not Somalia. You'd be hard-pressed to find any deviations from the American standard of care.

    Your fears are completely unwarranted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Good grief. It's CANADA, not Somalia. You'd be hard-pressed to find any deviations from the American standard of care.

    Your fears are completely unwarranted.

    Some don't like the idea because it takes the FDA out of the mix. The way it is now our FDA gives approval on all drugs sold in the US. If we allow Canadian drugs to be sold here, that falls under Canadian jurisdiction. Some don't favor that even though I am sure the Canadian equivalent is fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    That's bullshit. We can trust the Rx drugs made in Canada.
    I've got no issue with that. My point is that if they are made to a lower standard than ours, then we should adopt the same standards here to have fair competition. Let's not over regulate here and then open up our markets to those less regulated. That will just be an industry killer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    US pharmacies have very little economic power as compared to Big Pharma. Yes, many/most would close and lay off their pharmacists. But the misery caused by price gouging cannot be overstated. Lots of people are skipping insulin injections and other life-sustaining medications because of the exorbitant, unjustifiable cost.

    We no longer have buggy whip manufacturers in this country because the market no longer demands their product. American pharmacists could find a way to help Americans buy safely from Canadian pharmacies, but I suspect the big chains are not nimble enough to do so.

    It's not a reason to continue to allowing Big Pharma to piss all over all of us.
    But this I'll doesn't alleviate that issue. It'll likely result in shuttering the pharmacy industr here, and raising Canadian drug prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Good grief. It's CANADA, not Somalia. You'd be hard-pressed to find any deviations from the American standard of care.

    Your fears are completely unwarranted.

    My fear is that the little differences may result in big changes. You probably support our free trade deals too that resulted in our wages being depressed and manufacturing moving out of the country. I don't and I believe in it being short sighted and learning from our mistakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by metheron View Post
    I've got no issue with that. My point is that if they are made to a lower standard than ours, then we should adopt the same standards here to have fair competition. Let's not over regulate here and then open up our markets to those less regulated. That will just be an industry killer.
    China and India have come into the market making generic drugs. Many countries and even some low cost pharmacies in the US have begun using them to keep drug costs down. But they aren't all able to be regulated. We do have to be careful.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...es-rise-in-u-s
    Are Generic Drugs Made in India Safe - Consumer Reports
    As drug making goes global, oversight found lacking
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Is it true one in three Boomers has Hep C and most don't know it?
    Yes, and their his heavy research regarding the boomers and Hep C. I have seen people test positive without any high risk behaviors at all. The friend I referred, the patient was elderly and she doesn't think it came from the patient at all. She also is a saint and never used IV drugs in her life and only two marriages = two partners. The medical community is stumped over this. It is a strange one. A lot of them never show symptoms, it just pops up on a blood test such as screenings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    Yes, and their his heavy research regarding the boomers and Hep C. I have seen people test positive without any high risk behaviors at all. The friend I referred, the patient was elderly and she doesn't think it came from the patient at all. She also is a saint and never used IV drugs in her life and only two marriages = two partners. The medical community is stumped over this. It is a strange one. A lot of them never show symptoms, it just pops up on a blood test such as screenings.
    Transfusions prior to better screenings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Transfusions prior to better screenings?
    It is a good possibility if they had a blood transfusion. The autopsy from my BIL showed Hep C. He died of a systemic super infection that resulted in multi organ failure. He never used IV drugs, very few partners, was not in a healthcare job...it just was a surprise.
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