The CBC reports today that the Minnesota state government is looking to the Native nations in their state to import and stockpile drugs from Canada so that they can be sold to Minnesotans if/when the FAA shuts down the Minnesota governments Online Pharmacy
For now, this whole cheap drug issue continues to be not much more than an amusing side show. But I wonder when this will turn into a serious political issue in the States.
How long will it take before the pressure from Americas’ current seniors, and aging baby boomers finally outweighs the Big Pharma lobby in Washington?
Is that even possible?
Part of me is annoyed that I, a Canadian taxpayer, am paying to subsidize drugs that are being bought by Americans who are willing victims of their own system. I feel like asking one of those buyers whether they supported tax cuts in their younger years and program cuts to Medicare and other health services… or if they believed that Free Enterprise and Capitalism had to be considered first before the socioeconomic well being of the less advantaged in the US.
But at the same time… I could never advocate cutting off sales to these people, both on moral and economic grounds.
Isn’t it ironic though, that, if Americans want to buy American drugs they have to pay a huge premium to American drug companies… yet if they go to a Native Casino, they can gamble away their money, but get their drugs for cheap.
As they say… real life is often stranger than fiction.
It looks like there is a push to ban the International sale of most Canadian prescription drugs *at Canadian prices*.
We’ll probably be hearing more on this in the coming days/weeks/months.