Navigation Links
RetireSafe Urges Senate to Defeat Senate Amendment 2793 -- Says Senator Dorgan's Drug Importation Plan Puts Seniors at Risk
Date:12/4/2009

Opposes use of imported drugs often stored in tin cans and car trunks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the senior advocacy group RetireSafe urged the Senate to defeat the Dorgan Importation plan encompassed in SA 2793. RetireSafe President Thair Phillips said, "Senator Dorgan's importation amendment is poised to open our borders, allowing our safe, closed drug system to be breached, and our health to be endangered. We could soon be getting drugs that were stored in tin containers and car trunks. This could literally be a 'killer' amendment, it puts all Americans and especially seniors at risk, and it should be soundly defeated."

Phillips went on, "It may be popular to import huge amounts of price-controlled foreign medications into the United States." But, he asked, "What about the growing epidemic of counterfeit medications plaguing the rest of the world?" Phillips continued, "What about the drug safety we expect and depend on? That will die the minute the Dorgan amendment becomes law."

"We strongly believe importation will allow large quantities of unsafe prescription drugs across our borders, and that the previous emergencies from imports will look minor indeed in comparison to the many deaths we'll suffer as a result," Phillips stated.

Phillips noted the growing body of research by prominent organizations showing the risks of drug importation. According to Phillips, The World Health Organization estimated that 10% of the drugs on the global market are counterfeit, while 25% to 50% of medicines consumed in developing countries are counterfeit. A United Nations body recently announced that the trafficking of prescription drugs is set to exceed illicit drug abuse, and warned of a 'potential flood of counterfeit medicines' on the global market. He added, "For the Senate to ignore this and pass the risky Dorgan importation scheme would be totally irresponsible."

RetireSafe is fighting for the elderly consumers the organization represents. Said Phillips, "They will be the most vulnerable to these insidious threats, and when they become ill or die as a result of fake medication, it will simply be written off as from 'natural causes.' And it's not just the fakes that concern us, it's also the medicine that has been poorly packaged, transported, or stored."

He warned that there is no way for seniors to know the perils they face with imported pills. He said, "Perhaps it is pills that are past the date for safe use, or mishandled medicine stored in tin containers and car trunks, that arrives diluted, or adulterated."

"RetireSafe urges the Senate to vote 'NO' on the dangerous Dorgan drug importation amendment," Phillips concluded.

SOURCE RetireSafe


'/>"/>
SOURCE RetireSafe
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Merck/Gilead Once-A-Day AIDS Pill Not Available in Most Places - AHF Urges Speed-Up of Registrations
2. California Legislature Passes Historic HIV Testing Bill (AB 682); AHF Urges Governor to Sign Crucial Lifesaving Legislation
3. The Oral Cancer Foundation Urges HPV Vaccination for Males
4. Microwave Treatments for Enlarged Prostate Cause Blood Pressure Surges
5. CDC Urges Pre-Teen Vaccination With New Public Service Announcements
6. Consumer Group Urges Gov. Schwarzenegger to Sign Stem Cell Bill Into Law
7. Joint Commission Urges Patients to Speak Up About Pain
8. Video: Novartis Vaccines and PTA Battle Flu: Public Health Vaccination Initiative Urges Families Lets Fight Flu Together!
9. The COSHAR Foundation Urges Parents to Ensure Children Are Up-to-Date on Vaccinations
10. ASGE Urges Patients to Seek a Qualified Endoscopist Before Undergoing a Colonoscopy for Colorectal Cancer
11. Leader in Prostate Health Urges Prostate Cancer Screening in Face of Contradicting Data
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/7/2017)... --  Provista, a proven leader in the supply ... power, today announced a new resource area on Provistaco.com ... is the online home for case studies, articles on ... releases, slideshows and events. ... at their fingertips, viewers can also watch short videos ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... WESTWOOD, Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017  According to the Centers ... by the end of October . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities ... Westchester, NY , by offering no-cost* flu shots through ... , as mandated by certain health insurance regulations. ... The best time to get a flu shot is by ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , Oct. 2, 2017  Eli Lilly ... its financial results for the third quarter of 2017 ... a conference call on that day with the investment ... performance. The conference call will begin at ... public can access a live webcast of the conference ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought ... gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event ... audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Coveros, a leader ... been awarded a contract by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). ... the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a consistent and high value manner ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent and San Francisco ... using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million Americans are estimated ... in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about 75 percent of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) ... FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C. AMIA’s ... Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... HMP , a leader in healthcare ... Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare Website.’ Winners were announced during ... , The annual award competition recognizes editorial and design excellence across a range of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):