EDITOR:With the tense national debate about raising the debt ceiling, and state budget cuts, one would think there would be more talk about actually controlling health care costs, especially the rising cost of prescription drugs.
The United States has the highest prescription drug prices in the world - sometimes as much as 50 to 80 percent more for the exact same medication.
Thankfully, there is an alternative. Over a million Americans import prescription drugs from safe and legitimate international sources. But this option is now in serious jeopardy.
The Protect IP Act targets illegal online pharmacies and counterfeit medications.
On the surface, the proposed bill isn't so bad. After all, no one would disagree with the point that rogue online pharmacies are a public menace.
But, it doesn't make a distinction between the "good guys," the licensed, legitimate pharmacies that require a doctor's prescription to order medicine, and the "bad guys" who sell everything from diluted or fake medicine to illegal narcotics.
The Protect IP Act could shut down safe and trusted online pharmacies. For this reason, the RxRights Coalition is opposed to the Protect IP Act.
Go to www.RxRights.org to take action.