Someone called me today about the below-posted letter to the editor I wrote to the St. Petersburg Times and was published on Friday. They tracked me down, based on my address below the letter, so they could find out how they, too, could save from buying their pharmaceuticals overseas. Interested parties should note the websites below the published letter.
Drug companies really should look out for the best interests of Americans' health, as should health insurance companies, rather than fattening their pockets by gouging consumers. I know, I know, you probably can't believe a Republican said that. Here's the letter that was published in the Times:
In your recent article, "In drugmakers' defense, spokesman stays busy" Jeffrey Trewhitt lies quite a bit in order to protect the big, bureaucratic drug companies he represents.
The first lie is that drugs ordered from other countries or from overseas are unsafe. This is hard to believe, considering that they're the same drugs sold here in the U.S., only their names are often different for marketing purposes.
Take, for example, Flonase, or Flixonase, which is what they call it in New Zealand, where I order it for around $50 for a three month supply. A one month supply costs well-over $100 here in the U.S.
Or, take Claritin, for example, which you can order 60 caplets from Canada Pharmacy for around $50, but the same amount would cost well over $100 here in the U.S.
You can also purchase insulin at a slightly lower price, but it's no different than what is sold here in the U.S.
The global economy does present challenges to pricing products for sale within our borders, due to the deflation it creates, however, the same companies that pushed for globalism and free trade are now calling for protection from the federal government so they can gauge consumers who aren't perfectly healthy and need these pharmaceuticals to stay healthy, and in some cases, stay alive, so they can make massive profits.
I would think that after Sept. 11 American companies would have become more compassionate, however, drug companies obviously seek to financially hurt consumers in order to make posh profits from overly priced medical care products that are a necessity for Americans to live a normal, healthy life.