Importing Less Expensive Drugs Not Seen as Cure for U.S. Woes, The New York Times, 16 Oct, 2004 by Eduardo Porter
The experts in health care and economy are saying that importing drugs from other countries would have little impact. I agree. This is not the way to solve the problem of high prescription drug prices in this country. Drug makers such as Pfizer would fight re-importation and would win. Drug companies are very powerful. Pharmaceutical companies have a strong lobby in Washington and control the votes of our elected representatives even though they are supposed to be representing us. This is the real problem. This is why our elected leaders are so scared to enact a national health care plan. With national health care subsidized by the government, in order to control costs the government would be forced into a direct confrontation with the pharmaceutical industry. Our elected leaders would have to start price controls for pharmaceuticals. It would be the end of their cash cow, extra homes, extra luxury yachts and the beginning of equality in health care for all. For more information on national health care click here for pnhp.org.