Drug reimportation: Where are the dead Canadians?
A common retort in the debate over drug reimportation is “Where are the dead Canadians?”
If the FDA deems that import of drugs from Canada is potentially dangerous, why aren’t Canadians dying from drugs they buy in Canada? Well, there’s an answer to that: Most Canadians buy their drugs from drugstores, not over the Internet. Individuals buying drugs from Internet pharmacies based in Canada or elsewhere are, in fact, at risk. The level of scrutiny and the ability to trace supply chains simply isn’t as rigorous as it is for pharmacies with strong national brands and physical stores.
So where are the dead Canadians? Here’s one: Marcia Bergeron succumbed to a combination of fake drugs acquired over the Internet.