First of all, if importing drugs would save Americans billions of dollars, why is the government hesitant to allow it? The answer to that is even though Americans would save money, "with this discount would come fewer safety controls and a risk to the development of new life-saving medicines," (2004). The government and these pharmaceutical companies feel that if we allow the importation of prescription drugs, many of these foreign drugs will not be screened properly and could be outdated as well. Mark McClellan, who is Commissioner for the Food and Drug Administration, testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee recently saying, "Foreign outlets may dispense expired, sub-potent, contaminated product, an incorrect dose, or medication unaccompanied by adequate directions for use," (2004). McClellan makes a great point, and screening these drugs is definitely a serious issue because you do not want anyone to acquire serious health complications or be killed, but I agree with Gutknecht once again as he states later in the article that safety concerns of foreign drugs are exaggerated and that "not one American has died from imported pharmaceuticals," (2004). If we do decide to import prescription drugs, we should... [continues]
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