In letters to Senate leaders, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores this week expressed its opposition to a proposal that would allow the personal importation of prescription drugs.


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NACDS voices concern about personal Rx importation

August 3rd, 2009

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In letters to Senate leaders, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores this week expressed its opposition to a proposal that would allow the personal importation of prescription drugs.

NACDS on Monday said it sent letters to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to voice its safety concerns about Senate Amendment 2239 to the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2010, which would permit the personal importation of prescription drugs. The letter was also sent to each member of the Senate.

"NACDS shares the goal of reducing the cost of prescription drugs. However, we do not believe that consumer safety can be ensured in any system that allows for the personal importation of prescription medications," Carol Kelly, NACDS senior vice president for government affairs and public policy, said in the letter.

"In addition to questions concerning the safety and effectiveness of the drugs, individuals who obtain prescription medications through a personal importation scheme do not have a licensed pharmacist available to consult with them about using the medications safely and effectively," Kelly explained.

She also cited increased use of generic prescriptions as an avenue to reducing drug costs for consumers.

NACDS has been adamant in its opposition to drug importation. In early July, the association sent a letter to 12 Senators to thank them for voting against an amendment offered in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that would have allowed the reimportation of prescription medicines from abroad.

And in June, NACDS sent letters to Senate leaders — including Reid, McConnell, Edward Kennedy (D., Mass.) and Mike Enzi (R., Wyo.) — to voice its opposition to amendments to the Affordable Health Choices Act and the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act that would have permitted the personal and commercial importation of prescription drugs.

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