More on Pharmacies
recent, excellent story on prescription drug prices: There were two components
of the recent Medicare prescription drug benefit that were far more to the
benefit of the pharmaceutical companies than to that of the consumer.
One was that
consumers cannot import their medications from outside the United States.
People have had their shipments seized by customs agents. They claim that it
can't be "proven" that the drugs are safe. In fact, the Canadian
government maintains a list of certified pharmacies, and there have not been
documented problems in this regard.
The second thing
is that the government is actually prohibited from bargaining for better
prices, as Canada does.
The end result of
all of this is that the Medicare prescription drug benefit is a difficult to
use proposition for consumers, and a gift to the pharmaceutical industry.
Mr. Kalle Hunsaker
San Diego CA
And Still More on Pharmacies:
Dear Mr. Davis:
Thank you for a
really informative investigation and another horrible reminder of how dire our
health situation has become here in the USA, one of the world’s richest nations
. . one also with a widely heralded, but
only a token relief prescription drug plan ahead, from our healthy and fully
medically covered federal government.
It is so certainly
time for a change!
I recently found
John Kerry’s book, “A Call To Service, My Vision For a Better America,” now
available in paperback. It includes
detailed chapters on critical issues such as expanding health care to include
all citizens, creating world class schools for our children, urgently
preserving our environment and redirecting our energy independence.
This $12 book has
enlighted me as to the goals of a Kerry administration and has a huge emphasis
on health care.
San Marcos, Ca.
Answer to a “Liberal”
Janet M. Luke, a proud "liberal," giving the liberals credit for the
many entitlements and features she listed in your September 2nd issue, heed this warning: If we lose the War on Terrorism all these
things will also likely be lost. It was
Abraham Lincoln who was wise enough to counsel,
"don't change horses in mid-stream." You might keep this in
mind when you go to the polls in November.
Henry M. Sanford
San Marcos, CA