PharmacyChecker Advocacy on Drug Prices

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PharmacyChecker Advocacy on Drug Prices


There is a prescription drug price crisis in this country. As a result, millions of Americans are forced to choose between taking the medicine they need, paying the rent, or buying food for their families.


PharmacyChecker advocates for expanding consumer access to safe, effective and affordable medications. We believe that it’s completely unacceptable and unnecessary for tens of millions of Americans to skip filling prescriptions each year because of cost – and yet they do: 45 million in 2016.


Promoting online access to safe and affordable medication, which is dispensed internationally, is not a liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican, effort. It’s a non-partisan issue that draws consumers from across the United States who are quite literally sick of skyrocketing, unaffordable drug prices. When the cost of life-saving medications becomes unaffordable locally, consumers should have online access to lower-cost medications in Canada and other countries.


If you have a story to tell about your experiences with high drug prices, then please write to us at yourstories@pharmacychecker.com.



Online Access & Personal Drug Importation

 

PharmacyChecker’s main advocacy focus is – not surprisingly – online access to lower-cost and safe imported medications for Americans. This requires an open and free Internet environment through which consumers can buy their prescription medication from safe international online pharmacies and federal policies that do not prevent patients from importing medications they need.  Consumers deserve a choice when it comes to their medications and should enjoy the commonsense systems and competition the Internet has fueled across all industry sectors.


An “open Internet” does not mean that rogue online pharmacies should be allowed to operate. The work that we do protects consumers from dangerous websites that sell counterfeit, adulterated, or otherwise unsafe medication. Rigorous testing and analysis from independent studies show that patients receive lawfully-manufactured, high quality medication when orders are placed with online pharmacies verified in the PharmacyChecker Verification Program.



Consumer Advocacy


For nearly eight years, Gabriel Levitt, president of PharmacyChecker.com, has published blogposts via the PharmacyCheckerBlog on behalf of Americans who are struggling with the cost of medication. Whether the topic is online pharmacies, importation, drug prices and safety, and a plethora of related political, social and economic issues, you’ll find us advocating on the blog!


As a badge of honor, we discovered that the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), “Big Pharma,” was found advertising against our advocacy work in Washington, DC.


Mr. Levitt has testified before Congress on issues relating to access to affordable medicines and Internet freedom; published an op-ed in the New York Times about online pharmacies and personal drug importation; and is the proud author of a chapter in an anthology about defeating the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). He also brought together advocates for access to medicines and Internet freedom at the Rightscon Brussels Conference in March 2016 to draft what have become the Brussels Principles on Medication Sales over the Internet.



Prescription Justice


PharmacyChecker recognizes that online pharmacies and importation are not a long-term solution to the overall crisis of high pharmaceutical costs. In 2015, with funding from PharmacyChecker, Mr. Levitt founded a non-profit organization called Prescription Justice. Prescription Justice brings together those dedicated to lowering drug prices in the United States and supporting Americans who import medicine for personal use.


PharmacyChecker also wishes to acknowledge the important advocacy work of the group RxRights until it closed its doors earlier this year. We were part of the RxRights alliance, which rallied Americans to defend their own right to affordable medication, including by ordering it online and importing it for personal use.


Global Public Health


Access to affordable medication is a global public health priority. To many countries and people, it's considered a human right. We strongly believe that much more can and should be done at the global level to help citizens of developing countries obtain safe and affordable life-saving medicines. According to the World Health Organization, ten million deaths could be prevented by improving access to safe and affordable medication.