Import cheaper Canada drugs to Utah?

Legislator says such action would help Utah families by driving down high cost of many medications

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  • Misseleer71 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2019 4:20 a.m.

    I don't know anything about quality of drugs made in Canada but our FDA and USDA do a good job of knowing the difference and why they are not allowed to be sold in the US. Maybe we should ask the FDA and drug industry to prove that their US made drugs are safer and better than foreign made drugs. For one thing I know drugs made in China and Mexico are littered with alternative fillers that are not regulated and prove many times more toxic than the purpose of the drug being prescribed. That is why I always prefer the brand of drug over the generic drugs with unknown and untested filler chemicals added.

    Look at the US drug market and advertising drug and medical device recalls on US made drugs and devices that are atrociously distributed by companies in the US. I don't think foreign made drugs and devised are better made at all, they are not the same quality the FDA requires. If we want better drugs in america we have to change the FDA and USDA laws again so that the FDA and USDA must inspect and test all drugs and devices before they are sold to consumers or through fake discount pharmaceutical drugs.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 9:43 a.m.

    Will the cheaper drugs be distributed by the same pharmacy benefits managers and pharmacies? They are a major cause of high prices in the US and their agreements with pharmaceutical companies, by law, cannot be disclosed. Canada benefits from US drug development. How many new cancer drugs, etc are from our neighbor to the north?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 5:58 a.m.

    Nothing like ignoring the problem in our country, by using a better system in Canada.

    But the GOP in America always claiming Canada has a horrible system is puzzling?

  • Gretschman Draper, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 5:51 a.m.

    Now Lyrica is being moved to a schedule III controlled substance. This is the same level of control as Lortab/Vicodin. The border may become more complicated with a big sack of cheap Lyrica.

  • Misseleer71 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 22, 2019 2:53 a.m.

    Cheaper is not always better. Most people and doctors forget about the affects of alternative fillers put in many prescription drugs is in fact a necessary ingredient for it to be effective. These filler chemicals added by different companies have a direct affect in altering patented drug mixtures and should be included in after market or generic drugs being sold.

    And drugs with alternative modifications to it to call it generic is misleading and dangerous and can be proved by researching side effects of different brand drugs with alternative filler mixtures have different reactions associated by product brands.

    I have made it a habit of investigating every drug I am prescribed to take or over the counter brands and I think it has prevented me from dangerous misdiagnosed by doctors in exams and testing results.

    The US has made it a point to force companies to post and describe all side affects by brand in this country pharmaceutical companies and I don't think any foreign company have to follow the same disclosure laws and side affects the public can access.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 21, 2019 9:00 p.m.

    Outlawing donations to politicians from the Pharma, Insurance and Medical industries could help bring down the cost of drugs. So could stopping the advertising and pushing of drugs.

    Look at Insys Therapeutics Inc. and what they did in having a rap video made called "Great By Choice" to push higher doses of their highly addictive fentanyl spray that was meant for cancer patients.

    It is time to stand up to Pharma regarding their drug prices and practices. If that means we need to get drugs from Canada at a better price instead of our own pharma so be it.

    Lyrica is chemically similar to Neurontin (gabapentin). This may be less expensive for people using Lyrica. Lyrica wasn't even developed by Pharma but they are making a fortune off of it. Northwestern University Richard Silverman, professor of chemistry, developed pregabalin, the chemical that Pfizer is now marketing as Lyrica.

    We should fund our university chemistry labs to develop drugs for people in our country and then sell them at cost or just above. We need to get the profit out of drugs and fund research at universities to develop them.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 21, 2019 7:05 p.m.

    ""We think there is another, better way," said Dana Malick, senior director of health policy for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade association representing 38 biopharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies in the country. "

    Yeah? What's the better way? I'm sure it involves maintaining their obscene profit levels. Time to outlaw "donations" to politicians from the Pharma, Insurance and Medical industries.