Founder of Prescription Justice, Gabriel Levitt, submitted a public comment to the World Health Organization (WHO) on the role of personal importation and online access to safe and affordable medicine in meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All is a joint initiative led by twelve global health and development organizations under the auspices of the WHO. The signatory agencies of the Global Action Plan invited submission of comments through a public process to inform the final draft of the Global Action Plan, which will be presented during the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019.
Mr. Levitt's comment below underscores the importance of online access to lower cost medications through safe international online pharmacies as a vital lifeline, especially for the tens of millions of Americans who struggle each year to pay for their medications.
In its April 2019 piece entitled “Importing Bad Ideas on Drug Prices,“ the Editorial Board of The Wall Street Journal showcases several of the flawed arguments and propaganda techniques employed by the big pharma lobby to undermine the fair, safe and pragmatic practice of importing prescription drugs from Canada. Fortunately, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and state lawmakers weren’t swayed, and have passed a new law to create a state-based drug importation program.
Prescription Justice applauds this decisive action – and the similar laws passed in Vermont and Colorado. We firmly believe that importation is a critical piece of the puzzle to ending the crisis of high drug prices in America. Other states weighing the option should take note.
High drug prices affect Americans from all states, regions, and walks of life. Importation has immense bi-partisan support as a solution to the crisis of high drug prices: 76% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats – 80% overall – support importation from Canada. The state drug importation laws require cooperation from the federal government, and the Trump administration has voiced strong support for Florida’s new law. As we await federal approval of the new Florida plan, and as other states follow suit, Prescription Justice offers the following points of view in response to the WSJ Editorial Board and other opponents of drug importation plans. (more…)
“Pursuant to the evidence and reasons given above, I believe my testimony overcomes the FDA’s public health justifications for refusing my medication order and ask that you release it to me. If you don’t then my health may be jeopardized because I can’t afford it locally.” Letter from a patient to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) whose arthritis medicine was detained, and subject to refusal by the FDA.
Each year, a few million Americans import lower cost medicines because the prices are lower, despite the federal restrictions. Most such orders are received, at least when patients have valid prescriptions, but the FDA has the authority to refuse and destroy them. Originally, Prescription Justice was founded to help Americans produce letters of testimony to the FDA if their personal use medication imports were refused. While our scope has increased to include advocacy on drug prices more generally, we remain concerned about unnecessary refusal and destruction of prescription imports by the FDA. (more…)
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was awarded a 5-Star rating from Prescription Justice for her full support of the Prescription Justice Policy Platform. These are commonsense and necessary policies to lower drug prices here at home and expand access to lower cost medication from pharmacies in other countries.
Prescription Justice assigns ratings to members of Congress based on their support of the organization’s policy platform. The Prescription Justice Policy Platform is based on the reality that America is suffering from a crisis of high drug prices. (more…)
We are pleased to announce that U.S. Senator Angus King (I-ME) has received the Prescription Justice 5-star rating based on his full support of the organization’s Policy Platform to lower drug prices here and expand access to safe and affordable medication from other countries. Senator King’s 5-star rating reflects his unwavering support of commonsense policy solutions to end the prescription drug affordability crisis. Members of Congress get one star for their positions on the following:
1. Recognizes that the United States is suffering from a crisis of high drug prices?
2. Ending the ban that prevents Medicare from negotiating lower drug prices with pharmaceutical companies;
3. Making reverse payment arrangements between brand and generic companies, also known as “pay-for-delay” illegal;
4. Legalizing the importation of lower-cost medication from Canada and other countries with similarly strict pharmaceutical regulations; and
5. Using reasonable, commonsense, and compassionate enforcement discretion to permit individuals to import small quantities of affordable medication to fill prescriptions. (more…)
Prescription Justice has endorsedRyan Watts for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 6th District of North Carolina based on his pro-patient/pro-consumer stance to address the prescription drug price crisis in America.
Ryan Watts fully supports the Prescription Justice Policy Platform to permit Medicare to negotiate drug prices; ending “pay-for-delay” deals by pharmaceutical companies that prevent lower cost generics from coming to market; legalizing importation of lower-cost and safe medication; and expressly permitting personal importation now from licensed pharmacies as a lifeline of affordable medication. (more…)
Last Friday, President Trump unveiled his blueprint to lower drug prices named American Patients First. Sadly, the Administration’s plan excludes Trump’s campaign promises to use the massive buying power of the government's Medicare program to negotiate lower prices for older Americans and provide greater access to imported, lower-cost medications. (more…)
As President Donald Trump gives his big speech on drug prices today, we're going to highlight a young candidate for U.S. Congress who is clearly on the side of the people on the issue of drug prices. Ryan Watts, Democratic candidate for Congress in the 6th District of North Carolina, became the first candidate to complete the Prescription Justice Drug Prices Policy Platform Questionnaire, a national bipartisan effort to provide members of Congress and candidates for statewide and federal offices an opportunity to state their position on the Prescription Justice policy platform. (more…)
A group of over 50 healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses and physician assistants, have come together to demand the federal government stop any action that would restrict access to lifesaving medications through personal prescription importation.
In a letter sent to President Donald Trump, members of Congress and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the healthcare providers expressed their alarm over FDA’s action in Florida against offices that primarily serve older Americans who prefer in-person assistance with purchasing medications from Canada and other countries, rather than using an internet site. Last year, FDA agents armed with search warrants notified the office owners that importing drugs is illegal and those who help “administer” such drugs could face fines or jail time. Yet, according to its owners, these offices do not dispense or administer medication to patients. (more…)