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    Bernie Introduces Bill To Authorize Americans To Buy Rx Drugs From Canada



    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and other Democratic lawmakers are cranking up the heat on President Trump to address high prescription drug costs.

    Sanders introduced a bill Tuesday that would allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies, as long as they meet certain safety standards.

    Trump shouldn't hesitate to support it, lawmakers said, because he campaigned on the promise to bring down drug prices.

    "We're attacking this problem by focusing on ideas that even President Trump says he supports," said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the sponsor of the bill companion bill in the House.

    "The president's support for these ideas have been so clear that I'm tempted to introduce a bill in the House named 'The Donald Trump Drug Affordability Act.' I'm sure he would like that."

    Sanders's bill would require foreign sellers to register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Patients also must provide a valid prescription to the Canadian pharmacy they're buying from, and the bill also gives the FDA the authority to shut down "bad actors."

    The bill has 19 Senate co-sponsors, he said, but none are Republicans.

    Still, he said, he expects Republicans to sign on to it, as some have supported drug importation in the past.

    A Sanders amendment voted on last month that would allow people to buy prescription drugs from Canada received the support of 12 Republican senators, including Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.).

    Some Democrats voted against the amendment, including Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.) and Mark Heinrich (N.M.), both of who are co-sponsoring Sanders's bill introduced Tuesday.

    They both said their safety concerns have been addressed in the new bill.

    But the bill will still be vehemently opposed by the drug lobby and other organizations.

    The Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America say drugs from other countries do not necessarily meet the U.S. safety standards and could "taint our medical supply."

    Sanders said he expects the drug lobby to put up a big fight, but that he will win this time.

    "Do we expect the pharmaceutical industry will spend an enormous sum of money to oppose this? Of course we do," Sanders said.

    "This is the time. The American people are sick and tired of getting ripped off, and we're going to win this thing."

    Nearly 170 organizations also signed a letter to Congress Tuesday urging Congress to block the bill, citing the "hazards of drug importation."

    “Proposals allowing importation would undermine nearly two decades of drug safety policy," reads the letter, signed by the American Pharmacists Association and other groups.

    "Additionally, a large share of medicines that flow through Canada are counterfeit, and while it may seem safe to import medicines from developed countries like Canada and Western Europe, those medicines may have originated from countries all over the world."
    Sanders offers bill to allow purchase of prescription drugs from Canada | TheHill

    Say whatever nasty things you want about Trump, he is not owned by the 0.01%. This bill could actually become law, and put an end to such obscenities as the $10,000 EPI Pen.

    O, and the sinister-sounding "medicines that originated all over the world" threat? Canada has better drug safety record than the US has.

    Kudos to Sen. Sanders for finding ways to work with this POTUS to bring desperatly-needed relief the Democrats NEVER intended Americans to have.

    Your thoughts?

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    Imagine this bill will come down to whether or not the various senators have big Pharma in their states. Cory Booker took a lot of heat for opposing this because several big Pharma companies are in NJ. Will be interesting to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post




    Sanders offers bill to allow purchase of prescription drugs from Canada | TheHill

    Say whatever nasty things you want about Trump, he is not owned by the 0.01%. This bill could actually become law, and put an end to such obscenities as the $10,000 EPI Pen.

    O, and the sinister-sounding "medicines that originated all over the world" threat? Canada has better drug safety record than the US has.

    Kudos to Sen. Sanders for finding ways to work with this POTUS to bring desperatly-needed relief the Democrats NEVER intended Americans to have.

    Your thoughts?
    To be clear the POTUS has not done one thing to bring down prescription drug prices other than give lip service.

    If a bill gets to Trump's desk, then he can do his part.
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    I liked Hillary's proposal on that. Her contention was that the American Pharma's are in America and subsidized by taxpayers for the research. They sell products for less to Canada and charge us more. Her plan which was doable was they have to pay back taxpayer funding they received if they sold the drugs in the US market for less. That payback would force them to lower costs to America rather than pay back the billions they receive for research and development over time.

    The flaw in just erasing the purchase line so we can buy in Canada is the same manufacturers will charge Canada as much as they charge us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebateDrone View Post
    To be clear the POTUS has not done one thing to bring down prescription drug prices other than give lip service.

    If a bill gets to Trump's desk, then he can do his part.
    Well, that's better than Obama did. He worked to actively protect them from attempts to reign in their obscene price-gouging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minotaur View Post
    I liked Hillary's proposal on that. Her contention was that the American Pharma's are in America and subsidized by taxpayers for the research. They sell products for less to Canada and charge us more. Her plan which was doable was they have to pay back taxpayer funding they received if they sold the drugs in the US market for less.

    The flaw in just erasing the purchase line so we can buy in Canada is the same manufacturers will charge Canada as much as they charge us.
    HRC would never, ever have acted to reduce Big Pharma's profits. They realize just how ANGRY Americans are. We have Medicare Part D because that was the booby prize for prohibiting Americans from buying drugs in Canada. We MIGHT have got a few breadcrumbs from HRC III, is all.

    ATM, people are scandalized by the cost of the EPI pen, etc. so the moment is ripe to leverage consumer anger to get this bill passed -- but it will be tough. Big Pharma is the absolute worst at lobbying, bribing and retaliating as to Congress critters.

    Big Pharma cannot price gouge in Canada because they have universal care.
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    What burns my ass about this is that those of us that lived near the Canadian border in NH or Maine used to be able to carry our scripts across the border and get them filled there at cheaper rates. Some also sought doctor care there as well since if you look at a map its far closer to go there then way down the state to a city. But in 2015 the feds ruled that illegal and we had to stop. Hurt a lot of Americans.

    https://bangordailynews.com/2017/02/...s-from-canada/
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    TBH...I always thought Americans could purchase drugs from Canada. They just could not use their insurance.

    https://www.canadadrugs.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by HCProf View Post
    TBH...I always thought Americans could purchase drugs from Canada. They just could not use their insurance.

    https://www.canadadrugs.com/
    You could use your insurance until 2015 when the federal govt said it was against federal commerce laws. Basically, American insurance companies were losing money and they forced it to stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    You could use your insurance until 2015 when the federal govt said it was against federal commerce laws. Basically, American insurance companies were losing money and they forced it to stop.
    So Obama folded to Big Pharma....he had the opportunity to not allow this to happen. HRC would have done nothing as well. Trump did say to the CEO's of Big Pharma during his meeting, they would not like him. I hope he does reign this in. Big Pharma has been blatantly raping us for years.
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