1 IN 10
worldwide are counterfeit
of internet drug outlets
have been found to be operating out of compliance with federal and state pharmacy laws and practice standards
number of packages
containing counterfeit medicines that were seized by Interpol during one week in March of 2020
The History of Drug Importation
In 2003, the Medicare Modernization Act gave the Secretary of Health and Human Services the power to allow the importation of drugs from Canada, if the Secretary could certify the imports would both 1) pose no additional risk to public health and safety, and 2) generate cost-savings for American consumers. To date, not a single Secretary, from democratic and republican administrations, has been able to make this certification.Over the years, a handful of states have piloted drug importation programs as a way to provide access to drugs from outside the United States, but there has yet to be a successful program. For example, six states tried a contracted importation program with a Canadian operator of online pharmacies that cost $1 million to implement. Four years later, the program was deemed a failure and terminated.