“why are prescription drug prices important to US healthcare costs? you can buy those on the internet now. I mean, if you don’t want to pay US pharmacy costs, you can just get them from pharmacies based in india, canada or mexico.”
Because besides the 40 million Americans who do not have health care coverage there are 13 million Americans who do not have prescription coverage. Medication is expensive… without coverage I would be paying 5 times as much for the prescriptions I am taking.
There are reports of seniors and people on fixed incomes splitting pills to make supplies of medications last because they cannot afford the prices of their medications.
Go and check the prices at some of the online pharmacies and you will see that even with the discounts they offer, many mediations are still quite expensive.
The online pharmaceutical industry will be put under review later this month by the FDA and Canadian regulators as although it is legal for Canadian companies to sell prescription medications to Americans via the internet, it is illegal for Americans to buy their prescriptions from another country. GlaxoSmithKline has threatened to cut off the supply of drugs like Paxil and Zyban to Canadian pharmacists and wholesalers if those drugs are going to be sold via the internet.
The FDA has, to this point, turned a blind eye to this practice and several Senators in the U.S. have even advised their constituents to utilize online pharmacies to save money on their medications.
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It would seem that we are experiencing many health care issues in both our nations and your health care problems may be causing problems here if the American demand for medications erodes supplies that are designated for Canadians. I have already heard of some brick and mortar pharmacies having difficulty getting adequate supplies of medications as the online sellers have purchased large quantities of medications that are then being sold and shipped south.