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senate Bill S. 97

Should American Patients be Allowed to Import Lower-Cost Prescription Drugs From Overseas?

Argument in favor

Prescription drug prices in the U.S. are incredibly high compared to many other countries, such as the U.K. and Canada. Patients whose drugs are cheaper outside the U.S. should be allowed to buy their drugs from there in order to keep their healthcare costs as low as possible. Reducing prescription drug costs for patients will save lives and reduce the cost of health care in the U.S. — both noble goals worth pursuing through federal policy.

Leslie's Opinion
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09/03/2019
Most drugs available in the United States are produced in the same production facilities as the drugs available in Europe and Canada. Many of these are produced in Ireland. So it isn’t a safety issue in importing drugs, it is only an issue because big Pharma will lose a lot of their profits if they can’t rip off American consumers. We should also allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices,
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Leo's Opinion
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09/03/2019
This would give the American drug industry the kick it needs to become more competitive and lower prices.
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Ann's Opinion
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09/03/2019
Absolutely. Insulin when it was first invented was designed by the inventor to be free to all at no charge. Now it’s costs are out of this world and many have died because they cannot afford. I pay $157.00 for My daily shot. I also pay extra for many other items as I take 13 different meds plus over the counter charges. I may finally meet the donut hole this year before December 31. I also pay a premium to Medicare for drugs of $120 per month or a total of $1440 per year. Clearly there is a problem with our system. Please allow this to happen legally.
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Argument opposed

Pharmaceutical companies need the revenue from their sales in the U.S. to fund innovative research that saves lives. Additionally, allowing personal importation from other countries might lead to unsafe or counterfeit medication entering the U.S., putting patients’ lives at risk. Finally, the FDA and HHS have already released a plan allowing states to develop pilot importation programs. All of this indicates that this bill isn’t necessary.

Gregory's Opinion
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09/03/2019
We have a drug problem in america so do we really need to import more drugs into the country when we do not really have a handle on drugs made in this country.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/03/2019
Why Allow Illegal or Fake Drugs Into The USA? Pharmaceutical companies need the revenue from their sales in the U.S. to fund innovative research that saves lives. Additionally, allowing personal importation from other countries might lead to unsafe or counterfeit medication entering the U.S., putting patients’ lives at risk. Finally, the FDA and HHS have already released a plan allowing states to develop pilot importation programs. All of this indicates that this bill isn’t necessary. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 9.3.19.....
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ManfromNebraska's Opinion
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09/03/2019
There isn’t any good way to decipher if the medicines are genuine or not. We need to support USA based companies or the prices will go up even more. It is sad that companies seem to be more interested in profits than putting out good medications for a reasonable price.
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    Most drugs available in the United States are produced in the same production facilities as the drugs available in Europe and Canada. Many of these are produced in Ireland. So it isn’t a safety issue in importing drugs, it is only an issue because big Pharma will lose a lot of their profits if they can’t rip off American consumers. We should also allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices,
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    We have a drug problem in america so do we really need to import more drugs into the country when we do not really have a handle on drugs made in this country.
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    This would give the American drug industry the kick it needs to become more competitive and lower prices.
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    Absolutely. Insulin when it was first invented was designed by the inventor to be free to all at no charge. Now it’s costs are out of this world and many have died because they cannot afford. I pay $157.00 for My daily shot. I also pay extra for many other items as I take 13 different meds plus over the counter charges. I may finally meet the donut hole this year before December 31. I also pay a premium to Medicare for drugs of $120 per month or a total of $1440 per year. Clearly there is a problem with our system. Please allow this to happen legally.
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    Supported. Several issues however. Other countries are sure to try block these sales because it will drive their costs up by basic supply and demand as well as the redistribution of R&D costs from the US to all buyers. Secondly, the really big elephant in the room that nobody wants to address is the ambulance chasing lawyers who dramatically contribute to the cost of medicine and medical care in this country. Lawyers work for large settlements with emotional arguments to sway juries- and collect anywhere from 30% to 50% off the top of the settlements and then bill legal services off the rest before plaintiffs even begin to share in the judgement. There is little risk for them and potentially huge rewards. This is fairly unique in our country and really needs to be reigned in. .... .... .... Big Pharma has seen the issues of drug pricing coming and has adapted a common furniture store clearance sale tactic. First you replace the old price tags with new ones with 30% higher prices, draw a line through that price and show a ‘sale’ price fully 10% higher than original. I think the great increased pricing of, especially critical drugs- will ‘force Big Pharma to accept huge debilitating losses’ by selling these drugs again at what used to be original pricing. A tactic! Too bad this tactic is harming so many people.
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    The pharmaceutical industry has a tight grip on medicine that people need, forcing them to buy their over priced medicine that people literally cannot live without. This bill will create a market where now they have to compete with others as it should be. Americans (and people in general) shouldn't have to give an arm and a leg for medicine they need.
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    Yes! A million times yes! A free market means we can purchase prescription drugs from abroad without government regulations!
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    Big Pharma needs competition, unfortunately, to stop gouging Americans. Health should not be for profit.
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    Yes, of course, we should be able to buy drugs from any country that we wish if that country allows it. A free market levels prices and is a way to reduce drug demand and lower drug prices here in the US. And, if not, at least we won’t be paying the escalated, rising prices of US drugs. The fact that the Government regulates this is over reach and not in the best interest of US citizens; it shows their favor of big pharma. Any legislator who votes against this is obviously receiving money from the large drug companies.
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    By allowing the importation of drugs a more competitive market is bound to lead to lower domestic prices
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    Amen, burrkitty. There’s no one out there running, right now or possibly ever, that WOULDN’T BE BETTER THAN TREASONOUS, TRAITOROUS TRUMP! As long as they are safe, HELL YES! Why should we pay more just because our legislators receive kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies and, therefore, refuse to control their price gouging? Let it happen...
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    Absolutely! Until we get a hang of our criminally high drug prices we need to be able to import them from Canada and other countries. The intense greed from U.S. pharmaceutical companies is forcing people to not take the prescriptions that they need to take leading to extreme illness and death! Importing these drugs will force companies to bring their prices down!
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    It is terrible to see what a major population in this country has to pay for meds.......
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    Sick people skip taking their essential prescriptions because they cannot begin to afford them. When other countries offer far lower prices, I blame no one for making such a choice.
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    Yes! American consumers should be able to purchase pharmaceuticals from other countries just like we do everything else! The American pharmaceutical companies would then have to sell at prices competitive with the market price from other countries or lose their currently captive customers who have to pay the inflated drug prices for such diseases as diabetes, cancer, and other medicines that have caused our medical costs to be so much higher than anywhere else in the world.
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    I thought unfettered, predatory capitalism was always best? Why do the Republicans want Socialism for the rich and capitalism for everyone else?
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    Of course we should be able to import drugs from other countries. Collective bargaining with big pharmaceutical is a must.
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    The argument that drug companies need additional revenues to fund research is spurious. Having worked for big pharma, the best way to fund research is through patent protection for new costly drugs. Many generics and old drugs are overpriced and should have cost control via competitive pricing even from foreign sources as long as the sources are USP.
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    Why Allow Illegal or Fake Drugs Into The USA? Pharmaceutical companies need the revenue from their sales in the U.S. to fund innovative research that saves lives. Additionally, allowing personal importation from other countries might lead to unsafe or counterfeit medication entering the U.S., putting patients’ lives at risk. Finally, the FDA and HHS have already released a plan allowing states to develop pilot importation programs. All of this indicates that this bill isn’t necessary. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻. 9.3.19.....
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