February 27, 2017.
The National Hispanic Council on Aging delivered the following comments on the proposed legislation that would allow the importation of prescription medicine:
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is firmly against any legislation that could subject seniors struggling with chronic diseases to unsafe or counterfeit medications.
“Allowing the importation of prescription drugs would undermine our nation’s safety standards and harm already vulnerable patients,” said NHCOA President and CEO Yanira Cruz.
“Unlike the high quality standards enforced by the FDA, imported medications would not be subjected to the rigorous testing or quality standards typical in the United States. Instead, imported medicines would come from countries with low manufacturing standards, increasing the likelihood of exposure to contaminated or expired medications.”
“In short, allowing importation would mean America’s prescription medications are no longer the safest in the world (…) Our nation’s seniors should not have to question if their prescription medications are effective and reliable. Congress should vote against any importation legislation that would permit inferior medications to enter our prescription drug supply.” Said Dr. Cruz.