White Plains, NY - July 24th, 2020
PharmacyChecker announces its support today for the new Trump administration executive order permitting importation of lower cost prescription drugs for personal use. Since 2003, through its online pharmacy verification and drug price comparison service, PharmacyChecker has provided Americans with the information necessary to safely import more affordable medicine for personal use. According to PharmacyChecker data, brand name drug prices among verified international pharmacies in Canada are about 70% lower than in the U.S., and often 90% lower in other countries.
The executive order is issued pursuant to Section 804 of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act Part J, which makes it permissible to import a prescription drug as long as the drug doesn’t represent an “unreasonable risk” to the consumer. The order calls for waivers to be granted to individuals who want permission to import lower-cost prescription drugs.
“PharmacyChecker has provided online pharmacy verifications and drug price comparisons for years that Americans use to import safe and far more affordable medicine from Canada and other countries,” stated PharmacyChecker President Gabriel Levitt. “Personal drug importation has already been a lifeline for tens of millions of Americans. Hate him or love him, Americans -- Democrats and Republicans -- will applaud Trump’s executive order on this issue. Nonetheless, we’ve heard Trump bluster about drug prices for three years. Let’s see if this is real or just an election stunt. Details from the administration about how to obtain a waiver to import would be a great next step and PharmacyChecker would certainly help get the word out.”
According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, despite the federal prohibitions, about 8% of Americans say they have imported a prescription drug because of cost. As shown in peer-reviewed research and testing of drugs ordered online, medicines for personal import ordered from accredited international online pharmacies are shown to be as safe as those bought in U.S. pharmacies. A report by Roger Bate, PhD, published by the American Enterprise Institute, discusses that research, and the safety and policy issues related to importation and the Internet.
PharmacyChecker, based in New York, is the only independent company that verifies the credentials of and accredits international online pharmacies, publishing a list of accredited online pharmacies and drug price comparisons based on those pharmacies. It also offers a pharmacy discount card to lower costs at pharmacies in the U.S. PharmacyChecker accreditation and price comparisons have been recommended and/or referenced by AARP Magazine, the New York Times, the People’s Pharmacy, Yahoo Finance, and others. For more information, visit www.pharmacychecker.com.
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