FAQs

What is Prescription Justice?

Prescription Justice is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Americans who are struggling or fed up with the high cost of medication. Prescription Justice formed in 2015 in response to new regulations that gave the FDA more authority to destroy prescription drugs imported by Americans for their own use.

 

In 2014, about four million Americans imported medication for personal use because of drug costs. While the practice usually violates the law, people receive their orders over 99% of the time and have never been prosecuted for doing so.

 

Prescription Justice provides guidance to consumers in the event their imported medications for personal use are seized by the government. We use the phrase “personally imported” or “personal use” because our efforts to help do not extend to commercial or wholesale importation of medication for resale. Unlike individuals importing medication for their own use, people who illegally import medication for resale and distribution are often prosecuted.

 

What does Prescription Justice do?

Our uniting purpose is to empower consumers to defend their personally imported prescription drug orders if the FDA refuses to allow their shipments of lawfully manufactured, prescribed medication. If the FDA refuses to allow your imported medication to enter the country, they must send you a letter explaining why and offer you the opportunity to defend your prescription drug order.

 

The process of defending your prescription order is referred to as “submitting testimony.” Prescription Justice helps you do that. Prescription Justice also advocates for regulatory and legislative reforms to improve access to lower-cost medication from other countries and to lower drug prices domestically, which would make it less necessary for people to buy medication from foreign pharmacies.

Who are we?

Prescription Justice’s board of directors is comprised of doctors, lawyers, activists and experts in drug affordability and prescription drug importation. Meet the board by clicking here. We are not your lawyers but have worked with lawyers to develop legal and other arguments that you can use if you have received a letter from the FDA that your imported medication is subject to destruction. pharmacies.

Why are prescription drug prices so much higher in the U.S. than other countries?

Prescription drugs cost on average 50% less in other rich countries. Sometimes the price differentials are over 90%. The reason is that drug prices are subject to different interventions, policies, and controls in most other countries that keep prices much lower for the same drugs sold in the U.S.

Are there ways to find lower cost medication in the U.S. so I don't have to even technically break the law?

Yes. There are many ways you can find the lowest cost medication possible in the U.S. but it takes a lot of work. We’ve created our “Rx Savings” page to help you!

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