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New Chart Exposes the Inhumanity of US Drug Prices Compared to Other Countries

24 Feb: New Chart Exposes the Inhumanity of US Drug Prices Compared to Other Countries

[fullwidth background_color=”” background_image=”” background_parallax=”none” parallax_speed=”0.3″ enable_mobile=”no” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”20″ padding_left=”0″ padding_right=”0″ hundred_percent=”no” equal_height_columns=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]High drug prices and prescription drug price gouging has been a hot topic for years, but really took the spotlight last year after millionaire hedge funder Martin Shkreli acquired the rights to the drug Daraprim and raised the price from $13.50 to $750, an overnight increase of over 5500%. Daraprim is used to treat cancer patients and also those who are suffering from HIV and AIDS. That is another great example to show why we created eDrugSearch.com — to level the playing field for patients who need affordable life-saving medications. At eDrugSearch.com…

Big Pharma “Bad Boy” Martin Martin Shkreli

05 Feb: [Video] Pharma “Bad Boy” Martin Shkreli Refused to Testify to Congress

UNBELIEVABLE! Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, aka: “Big Pharma Bad Boy”, refused to testify yesterday before the House Oversight Committee hearing on skyrocketing drug price hikes, invoking his Fifth Amendment right . . . over and over again in a snarky manner. Here’s the “highlight” reel: Here’s the “Full” video of all his snarky remarks: If that wasn’t enough, afterwards he tweeted this: Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government. — Martin Shkreli (@MartinShkreli) February 4, 2016 What are your thoughts?

Neuroscience Shows How Fasting Affects Brain & Why Big Pharma Won’t Study It

05 Feb: Neuroscience Shows How Fasting Affects Your Brain & Why Pharma Won’t Study It

Put Down the Fork and Knife: Intermittent Fasting Really Can Improve Your Cognitive Function Have you ever wondered why the average human being’s daily food intake is three meals each day with a few snacks mixed in here and there? The truth is this amount of food is not necessary to maintain a healthy body and mind. Food companies and pharmaceutical industries push for excessive food consumption in order to make an ever-growing profit. The bottom line is that healthy people who exercise and engage in intermittent fasting are not profitable for corporate America. The Benefits of Fasting Mark Mattson is a professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and the Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience with the National…

Big Pharma - Cannabis

28 Jan: Big Pharma Furious — 80% of Cannabis Users Give Up Prescription Drugs

Big Pharma must be getting seriously worried by the results of a recent survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC The pharmaceutical (along with the alcohol) industry is a powerful influences in Washington and has long been lobbying against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits. Natural Blaze reports: However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills. The survey of 473 adult therapeutic cannabis users found that 87% of respondents gave up prescription medications, alcohol, or other drugs in favor of cannabis. Adults…

6 Crazy Examples of Prescription Drug Price Gouging

06 Oct: 6 Crazy Examples of Prescription Drug Price Gouging

News has broke about the recent prescription drug price gouging that has been taking place, and its leaving some individuals in serious medical trouble. Without the money to pay for the increases in drug prices, patients often see their medical conditions becoming worse, even to the point of death. Take a look at the examples of some of the most craziest drug price increases for yourself . . . Turing Pharmaceuticals Perhaps one of the most insane prescription price increases was that made by Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO, Martin Shkreli. When he raised the price of a Daraprim pill from $13.50 to $750, (5,000% markup) he became one of the most hated men in the American and a “poster child” for Big Pharma’s insidious greed….

Bernie Sanders - high prescription drug prices

09 Sep: High Drug Prices are the Problem — Is Bernie Sanders the Solution?

Prescription drug prices are already excessively high, and they are continuing to rise at an astronomical rate. The United States has some of the most expensive prescription medications in the world, and their average annual spending is significantly higher than Europe or Canada. These medication are required for survival, but patients are being forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions and having enough money to eat. This problem is widespread, but there are a few people who are fighting for a solution. An oncologist issued his attack in June at a medical conference sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry. He rebuked the industry for nearly doubling the monthly cost of cancer drugs in the past decade. Even among Americans with…

eDrugSearch.com's 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

09 Jan: eDrugSearch.com’s 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

  Aren’t you just a little bit curious to see what articles and infographics were the most popular in 2014? Here’s the countdown: 14.) What Everybody Ought to Know About Heartburn Medications – Learn about the upside to taking heartburn medications, downsides and risks, proper diagnosis, and how to find the best price on your medications. 13.) 17 Common Prescription Drugs with Bad Side Effects – Let’s take a look at a few of these prescription drugs with bad side effects, what those side effects are, and what you can do if you experience any of them. 12.) Pay LESS than Your $10 Co-pay for Many Generic Medications! – If your monthly co-pay is $10, then that seems reasonable. But what if you can get your generic medications…

Insidious Greed: How Big Pharma Rips You Off on Drugs

21 Oct: Insidious Greed: How Big Pharma Rips You Off on Drugs

  Recently, through the launch of a new online database last week the U.S. government revealed that in 2013, doctors were paid roughly $380 million by medical device and pharmaceutical corporations for speeches and consultations, all within a five-month time frame. Big Pharma spends almost $20 billion annually marketing their products to doctors, which yields profits upwards of $300 billion per year in drug sales. A handful of these doctors were paid more than $500,000 apiece. Others were paid millions for the drugs and devices they helped to create. Doctors insist that this money doesn’t influence what they recommend to their patients. However, it’s extremely difficult to imagine what purpose the payments would serve if not to increase product sales through prescriptions. eDrugSearch.com…

The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

07 Oct: The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

  The past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment “The Cost of Cancer Drugs” in which Leslie Stahl got down to the core of the high drug prices and the financial toxicity of cancer treatment. The focus was on drugs used in the treatment of cancer and how they are getting more and more expensive each time a new drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and released for use by the public. This isn’t the first time the high prices of these cancer drugs have been brought up as an important issue. There are a number of medical experts and doctors from around the globe who have been vocal about their concerns of the high costs…

Generic Prices Are Going Up

05 Aug: Generic Prices Are Going Up . . . Say It Ain’t So!

  Generic medications have long been known to be the cheaper alternative for those people struggling with the cost of medication. Generic medications have come about with the expiration of brand name patents, allowing many drug companies to produce generic medications that are every bit as effective as their brand name counterparts at a fraction of the cost. However, the tides are turning and some generic medications are becoming more and more expensive, making the once affordable alternatives out of reach for some people who simply cannot afford the cost. Cause of Generic Prices Going Up Supply and demand most certainly plays a role in the increase in generic drug prices, with those medications that are in high demand winning…

Canadian Pharmacies - Setting the Record Strait About Safety

11 Jul: Canadian Pharmacies — Setting the Record Strait About Safety

Millions of Americans turn to international sources for foreign medication, Canadian pharmacies in particular ranking high on the list. They’re close to home, extremely competitive in pricing when it comes to foreign drugs, and have strict safety regulations. However, the federal government for the United States uses plenty of scare tactics in an attempt to make American citizens steer clear of foreign drugs, even going so far as making it illegal to buy drugs from international sources. Because they do not have the official stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the door is officially closed for consumers in America. However, anyone with savvy and a pinched budget is likely to opt for Canadian pharmacies. The price of…

New Report: Obamacare Silver Plan May Have Higher Costs Than Traditional Plans

27 May: Obamacare Silver Plan May Have Higher Costs Than Traditional Plans

  According to a new report, the cost of prescription medications may be higher under the Affordable Care Act. Individuals expected to be affected the most will be patients who have the Obamacare Silver Plan and may be required to pay more than twice as much out of pocket for their prescription drugs. Those under the Obamacare Silver Plan and who have high insurance deductibles already need to pay 100 percent of their care costs out-of-pocket until they reach their deductible amount. This amount can be as much as $2,000 in some cases, and the overall expense will surpass that of some traditional health insurance plans offered by employers. The new health insurance set-up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not completely negative. One…

05 May: Has Big Pharma Really Taken Over Medical Research?

The creators of the new “Bought” movie are on a mission to answer the question once and for all — pulling the curtain back on Big Pharma’s insidious greed machine. “There is a story roaming through my head, one that’s insisting to get out. It was born in over 100 interviews with genuine, loving, caring health care professionals, researchers and advocates last year. We kept picking up a theme, a sense that the game was rigged, that we’d already played and lost but didn’t know it. Our health has already been Bought. It’s a risky story to tell, but would be a tragedy to passively consent to with silence.” The movie trailer begins at the 1:03 mark.

The Shocking Truth Why Prescription Drug Prices Are So High

22 Jul: The Shocking Truth Why Prescription Drug Prices Are So High

It’s no secret that prescription drug prices are at an all-time high. Americans are spending just under $1,000 each year for prescription drugs. Listed below are the top five real reasons why these drugs cost Americans so much. You’re paying for all of the drugs in America. You’re paying for all of the drugs in the world. You’re paying for expensive marketing and advertising campaigns. You’re paying for somebody’s fat corporate bonus. You’re paying taxes on it too! 1.) You’re paying for all of the drugs in America. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to just pay for one prescription. The cost of prescription drugs falls on everybody’s shoulders. Drug development is a vast and wide-reaching business. Drug prices cover research and development…

Why is Medicine Cheaper in Canada?

19 Apr: Why is Medicine Cheaper in Canada?

Canadian consumers and the Canadian federal government approach the production and distribution of prescription medications in a different way than Americans. Canadian pharmaceutical companies are subject to strict guidelines that determine pricing for prescription drugs; they are essentially required to sell medications for a fair and reasonable price. How does the Canadian government regulate the cost and production of prescription medications? When asking the question Why is medicine cheaper in Canada? it is necessary to take into account the role of the federal government in the Canadian health care system. To protect Canadian consumers, the government has established an organization known as the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB). The PMPRB was created specifically to regulate prescription drug prices. Before…

08 Feb: Big Pharma making big cuts in R&D

According to reports, the axe is coming down all over the pharma world on research and development projects that are not yielding immediate results. AstraZeneca (Atacand, Crestor), GlaxoSmithKline (Advair, Boniva) and Pfizer (Benadryl, Lipitor) have all already begun to scrap projects, while others like Sanofi-Aventis (Allegra, Plavix) are about to pick up the trend and start making cuts. The cuts come as no surprise, as big pharma companies have been seeing there pipelines shrink since 1998, when the trend to buy out drug rights from smaller bio-tech companies began. Despite the increased cost efficiency of buying drugs from smaller bio-techs, I am not so sure that big pharma is going to like the end result of their decision. Stephen Foley…

25 Jan: New multiple-sclerosis drug approved by the FDA

Today the Food and Drug Administration approved Ampyra, a new drug owned by Biogen Idec. to fight multiple sclerosis. The new drug is an extended-release tablet aimed at helping to increase mobility in those battling against multiple sclerosis. The FDA said those who took the drug had better movement and faster walking speeds than those who had taken a placebo. For people with MS, impaired walking ability is one of the most common and concerning aspects of the disease, said Alfred Sandrock, senior vice president of neurology research and development at Biogen Idec, in a statement. Ampyra may be an important therapy in reducing the impact of this debilitating condition. The drug is set to be marketed by Acorda Therapeutics…

02 Nov: Healthcare amendment would delay access to “generic” versions of drugs

Healthcare reform isn’t just about the public option and paying for doctor’s visits — it’s also about equal, affordable access to life-saving medications for all Americans. That’s why many Big Pharma watchdogs are so disappointed with a recent amendment slipped into healthcare legislation that proposes extending patent protection on biologic drugs, delaying for years the public’s access to affordable follow-on versions. What are biologics? They’re the next big wave in medicine — drugs made not from simple chemical formulations, but from biological components. They’re very expensive, and poised for enormous success: By 2014, the biggest-selling meds will be biologics, according to an analysis from Evaluate Pharma. Taking the place of Pfizer’s gargantuan drug Lipitor will be Roche’s Avastin, a cancer…

25 Sep: The Fosamax mistrial, and other options in osteoporosis medication

Earlier this month, a closely-watched trial over the osteoporosis drug Fosamax ended in mistrial, to the frustration of nearly everyone involved. The trial was marked by great tension, with a deadlocked jury, reports of threats of physical violence, and a judge-ordered cooling-down period. What could cause such intense drama? Well, this was just one of approximately 900 state and federal cases pending against Fosamax, alleging that that medication causes osteonecrosis of the jaw (the death of jawbone tissue). In large part, the tension in the Manhattan courtroom was that this trial “the first” was supposed to be an indicator of how these hundreds of similar cases might proceed. The other major factor is that it is notoriously difficult to “prove”…

18 Sep: You know about “little blue pill”. What about “pink Viagra” for women?

Erectile Dysfunction drugs such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra have made huge strides in treating male sexual dysfunction but have women been left behind? At this writing (September 2009), no treatment has been approved by the FDA for Female Sexual Dysfunctions (FSD), which are estimated by the Journal of the American Medical Association to affect 43% of American women (about 40 million) at some point in their lives. It’s not for lack of trying. Pharmaceutical makers would love to tap into a market that’s the other 50% of the population. They are assertively researching the problem. So why has a result not come forward? One issue is that, with men, sexual dysfunction, no matter whether the cause is mental or…

02 Sep: Get your Pfizer Pfelon commemorative tee shirt here!

Pfizer, the world’s largest drug maker, will pay a record $2.3bn civil and criminal penalty over unlawful prescription drug promotions, the US Justice Department announced today. The department said the $2.3bn settlement included a $1.2bn criminal fine, the largest criminal fine in US history. The agreement also included a criminal forfeiture of $105m. Hat Tip to our friend Jack at PharmaGossip 🙂

25 Aug: Here’s one thing that Big Pharma and Russian mobsters have in common

Well, actually, I’m sure there’s more than one thing. Like, for example, we can assume they both make backroom deals, and they both know that money talks. But there’s something else. Both are unfairly trashing the legitimacy of licensed Canadian pharmacies — real, honest-to-goodness, brick-and-mortar pharmacies that have been inspected and approved to sell prescription medications to Americans by the Canadian government. How are the Russians doing it? Through spam. Much of the damage to the good name of Canadian pharmacies can be traced to a single criminal organization in Russia that calls itself a “Canadian Pharmacy”. The group, which operates thousands of sites, sends as many as 60 billion spam e-mails per day. No doctors, no prescriptions, no consultations,…

24 Aug: Reflecting on the history of Canadian drug reimportation legislation

I received the following message the other day from one of our blog’s readers, Susanna Brooks: I cannot believe that I cannot buy drugs in Canada (with a prescription). It’s been the only way that I can get some of the medications that I need that are ungodly expensive in the United States. I will work to vote against any Senator/Congressman that votes against the Canadian medications being sold/deliver in the U.S.A.!! Sharing Susanna’s Sentiments I know for a fact that tens of millions of people share Susanna’s sentiments. Surveys show that up to 80 percent of Americans agree that we should be able to buy prescription drugs from licensed Canadian pharmacies. So why aren’t the American people (officially, at…

23 Aug: Honestly, David Vitter, we like your thinking

We’re written before about U.S. Senator David Vitter’s quixotic fight to legalize the purchase of Canadian drugs by Americans — long after the battle over reimportation has been lost in a thick haze of Big Pharma backroom bargaining with the White House. Last week, Vitter — a Republican — took some heat from liberals by explaining at a town hall meeting that he hoped to de-stabilize pricing in Canada and other countries with “socialized medicine” by legalizing reimportation. The Daily Kos ripped Vitter, saying: His reason for supporting re-importation is solely predicated on the notion that if enough Americans partake, it might wreck Canada’s system … Despite the lack of plausibility in his “logic”, Vitter now claims the clubhouse lead…

18 Aug: About that $80 billion Big Pharma promised for healthcare reform

The pharmaceutical industry, through its lobbying group PhRMA, has promised to cut drug prices for certain Medicare Part D recipients and others by $80 billion over the next decade. In return, the Obama Administration has promised not to reform the pharmaceutical industry — no new regulations, no Medicare negotiation for lower drug prices, no drug reimportation from Canada. Sound like a good deal to you? Well, $80 billion sure sounds like a lot of money. But here are some things to think about — President Obama trumpeted the deal without indicating how or whether these savings could be guaranteed; the specific terms are not included in any of the bills in Congress. Some analysts estimate that only $30 billion of…

17 Aug: Real conservatives favor a free market for prescription drugs

I recently saw yet another op-ed in another newspaper by another Big Pharma shill — you know, someone handed his talking points and told to go at it. You can tell they’re a shill when they make exactly the same argument, point by point, as all the other shills make. You also know they’re a shill when they claim to be a conservative — and yet support blatant protectionism and all sorts of other anti-free market principles when it comes to Big Pharma. Here’s a taste of the op-ed on Canadian drug reimportation, by a Dr. Gilbert Ross of the American Council on Science and Health in the Washington Examiner: While many think of them as a cheap alternative to…

16 Aug: Who runs Washington? Hint: It’s not Democrats or Republicans

I’ve guess I’ve finally come back to my senses. After years of being cynical about our political system’s capability of doing anything but accumulating debt, I somehow thought Obama could make a difference. I thought, among other things, that meaningful healthcare reform was finally on its way. But the system itself is more powerful than Obama … far more powerful. I didn’t think it was possible that Congress could create a healthcare reform bill that I would oppose. I figured that any change would be a step in the right direction. But then the White House caved in to Big Pharma on issues like Medicare price negotiations and Canadian drug reimportation. Big Pharma was basically assured that it could continue…

11 Aug: Drug ads to be banned? Keep dreaming

As those following the healthcare debate are aware, President Obama has backed off his campaign promises to legalize drug reimportation and require drug companies to negotiate drug prices with Medicare. Apparently deciding that healthcare reform would be defeated if he had to fight both Big Insurance and Big Pharma, he has decided to let Big Pharma off the hook. Now, “healthcare reform” has become “health insurance reform” in the president’s speeches. Millions of Americans, as well as many in Congress, are frustrated by this decision. And perhaps this frustration is behind current efforts in Congress to ban pharma ads directed at consumers. Let me play prognosticator for a moment: It’s not going to happen. Believe me, I would like to…

04 Aug: Meet Americans who buy drugs from Canadian pharmacies

Above is a photograph by Eric Seals of the Detroit Free Press. It depicts James and Geraldine Keon, who for the past three years have regularly purchased their prescription drugs from Canada. The Free Press profiles the Keons and other Americans who use Canadian pharmacies as part of a story on drug reimportation published over the weekend. The piece is a bit too heavily influenced by Big Pharma lobbyists and their government cronies, who raise the usual bogeyman arguments about Canadian drugs. But a few important points shine through — One congressional estimate says Americans could save $50 billion over 10 years if the nation permitted U.S.-manufactured drugs to be reimported from Canada and other nations where price controls on…

03 Aug: Pigs, MRSA and Zyvox: Big Pharma’s got you coming and going

It hadn’t really occurred to me, until I read a great rant by Jen Huntley in the Reno News & Review the other day, just how completely the web of Big Pharma envelops our lives. In other words, Big Pharma doesn’t just provide us drugs when we get sick. Big Pharma also helps us get sick in the first place. It’s the perfect racket: they’ve got us coming and going. As Jen writes: While those of us with adequate or good health insurance looked the other way, health care became a giant profit-making machine for insurance companies and hospitals, but the pharmaceutical industry really takes the cake. Not only have they bought the government with profits built on taxpayer subsidies,…

30 Jul: An apple a day keeps healthcare reform away

We would still like healthcare reform legislation to succeed this year — but we are not nearly as enthusiastic about it as we were just a few short months ago. For starters, the Obama Administration isn’t calling it “healthcare reform” anymore. Now it’s “health insurance reform.” Reformers have lowered their sights. They aren’t trying to fix Big Pharma’s stranglehold on the American consumer anymore. All they are trying to do now is to offer a public alternative to Big Insurance. And even this small measure of reform may not become law. If it doesn’t, and so-called “universal health care” passes, it will simply be another handout to corporations, paid for by taxpayers, just as Medicare Part D was. The government…

23 Jul: An interview with Gabriel Levitt of PharmacyChecker.com

PharmacyChecker.com is the leading verification authority for online pharmacies in the United States and Canada. Over the past six years, PharmacyChecker arguably has done more than any other organization to help Americans make safe choices when buying prescription drugs from Canada. Google requires all pharmacies in its ad network to receive PharmacyChecker verification, and eDrugSearch.com requires all member pharmacies to have PharmacyChecker verification as well. Unfortunately, PharmacyChecker.com has been under attack from Big Pharma and its proxies in recents months. Last year, Big Pharma launched a disinformation campaign, advanced by the NABP and other organizations, to link licensed, legitimate Canadian pharmacies with dangerous rogue pharmacies. This despite the fact that no American has ever been reported injured by a drug…

20 Jul: Invasion of the body snatchers: Harry and Louise return

Did you ever see “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”? Well, I’d like to report the snatching of two bodies — those of Harry and Louise. As our friend John Mack reports: Remember those Health Insurance Association of America “Harry and Louise” TV ads that were instrumental in scuttling Hillary Clinton’s health reform efforts in 1993? Well, Harry and Louise are back! This time, however, they support health reform. “A little more cooperation, a little less politics, and we can get the job done this time,” says Louise as a halo swirls around her head and eventually forms the URL: HarryandLouise.org. Seems to me we could have gotten the job done in 1993 with a little less Harry and Louise! Here’s…

19 Jul: Say goodbye to the drug reimportation bill

When the winner in a Monday Night Football game became obvious in the fourth quarter, ’70s color commentator Don Meredith used to warble, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over, we know that all good things must end…” I’m afraid it may be time to turn out the lights — perhaps forever — on legalized drug reimportation. I hate to sound so dire, and I know that a small, bipartisan group of legislators, including Sen. David Vitter, is working hard to keep reimportation on the negotiating table as Congress prepares to pass sweeping healthcare reform legislation. But I just don’t think the good guys are going to win this one. No matter what President Obama ends up signing into law…

13 Jul: Republican senator puts Canadian pharmacies back on the table

Early last week, the Big Pharma lobby proudly announced that it had cut a deal with the White House and that, as a result, President Obama would reneg on his promise to permit Americans, once and for all, to buy drugs from Canadian pharmacies. Late last week, Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, tried to resurrect Canadian drug reimportation by adding it as an amendment to a $43 billion funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. Political observers say the amendment is likely to be stripped from the final bill — but we’re quite sure that this political football will be kicked around a few more times before all is said and done. “There was a lot of opposition…

10 Jul: White House bargain with Big Pharma could hurt Canadian Pharmacies

Over the past few months, we here at eDrugSearch.com have been sometimes jubilant — and sometimes cautious — about the prospects of proposed legislation that, once and for all, would allow Americans to buy prescription drugs from licensed Canadian pharmacies. It should be a slam dunk. After all, President Obama is for it. Influential Republicans like John McCain are for it. Democrats, who control Congress, have been overwhelmingly for it for years. And of course, by every poll I’ve seen, between 70 and 80 percent of the American people are for it. Done deal, right? I’m afraid not. In fact, it’s beginning to look like the legalization of Canadian drug sales to Americans will once again fall into the legislative…

09 Jul: Does Big Pharma actually enjoy the Canadian pharmacies debate?

Life Science Leader, a trade magazine for life science executives, has an article in its June 2009 issue called “Drug Reimportation: Helpful or Harmful?” While it’s a fair-minded overview of the arguments on both sides of the issue, it unfortunately allows Big Pharma to repeat its most specious rationales for not permitting Americans to buy drugs from Canada. (Did you know that allowing grandma to buy drugs from a online Canadian pharmacy will increase the threat of terrorism? Oh, brother…) But what I found most interesting in the story was the analysis of Richard Evans, a vice president at AVOS Life Sciences, a life sciences consultancy. Before joining AVOS, Evans spent nearly a decade studying the U.S. pharmaceutical industry as…

09 Jul: Ron Paul on prescription drug reimportation

You might be surprised to know that there are 15 physicians in Congress — more than I would have expected. It would be nice to think that these doctors could provide clarity and insight on healthcare issues — perhaps even drive the debate over reform. The reality, unfortunately, is that they generally toe their party lines and seem to fade in the background. I guess being an expert politician is more important than being an expert anything else in Washington. In fact, the last time I can recall a physician Congressman bringing his medical “expertise” to bear was when then Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist shamelessly demagogued on the Terri Schiavo family tragedy, challenging the diagnosis of Schiavo’s physicians that…