Mary, thanks for your help with this! Here, below, is the testimony from 60 Plus.
60 Plus Association
President, 60 Plus Association
Regarding: Drug Reimportation
My name is
Regarding drug reimportation, I
recall the old adage, 'buyer beware'. In the short run,
drug reimportation looks like 'good medicine' for senior citizens via immediate
lower prices. But unfortunately, in the long term, reimportation will prove to
be 'hazardous to your health' for one simple reason: foreign countries such as
It all comes down to research and
development. In the
60 Plus is one of the fastest growing seniors groups in the country. 60 Plus can now call on support from nearly 4.5 million citizen lobbyists to mail letters to Congress. 60 Plus publishes a newsletter, SENIOR VOICE, and a SCORECARD, bestowing a GUARDIAN OF SENIORS' RIGHTS award on lawmakers in both parties who vote "pro-senior." 60 Plus has been called "an increasingly influential lobbying group for the elderly...".
60 Plus counts among its core issues, the permanent repeal of the so-called "death" tax, working to reform Social Security and Medicare for future generations and enhancing ways to provide seniors on fixed incomes with prescription drug coverage.
60 Plus strongly opposes any
amendment or bill, which would allow the reimportation of prescription drugs. As
we've stated the past few years whenever such legislation was considered,
reimportation of prescription drugs is a problem waiting to happen. It would
pose a serious threat to the safety and health of the American consumer and fail
to solve the problem of affordable access to prescription drugs. Frankly, it's
little more than an open door for terrorists and ought to be vigorously opposed
by any senator who cares about
Department of Health and Human
Services Secretary Tommy Thompson and his predecessor, Donna Shalala, and every
living former Food and Drug Administration commissioner since 1969 - Democrats
and Republicans alike - have all publicly stated their opposition to the
importation of prescription drugs. They know that reimported pharmaceuticals could well introduce foreign
counterfeits into the American distribution system. Also, that proper storage
and handling of legitimate pharmaceuticals would not be able to be guaranteed by
60 Plus has been and remains on record opposing such legislation. Drug reimportation is bad medicine. It's hazardous to your health.
60 Plus says finding a fix for affordable drug prices should be done from within, not from without. We strongly support fair pricing for seniors for all prescription drugs, but not at the risk of their health and safety.
Here's what must be considered:
*Fake drug contents.
*Mislabeled drug bottles and packages.
*Mishandled shipments of drug supplies.
Who's to say your Procrit is truly Procrit? Who's to say your little purple pill is as purple as it ought to be? Who's to say what you're inhaling is actually what's printed on the label? Talk about an accident waiting to happen!
60 Plus knows that the cost for
prescription drugs is a major budgetary consideration for millions of Americans,
in particular, those on fixed incomes. But we believe working to solve the
burden of these drug costs ought to be taken up by the
Our country rightfully boasts the safest drugs and the safest drug supply links in the world. Let's keep it that way.
To reiterate, I'll end where I began: The 60 Plus Association strongly opposes any amendment or bill, which would allow the reimportation of prescription drugs.
I thank you for your time and consideration.