You make an excellent point. You're able to get your Retin-A without a prescription at a lower cost from Mexico. But, what about people who must take cardiac, asthma, thrombolytic, etc. meds. Are we as health care professionals to give folks carte blanche in getting their own meds without a prescription and let them dose themselves just because they're cheaper? Retin-A is probably harmless, but some other meds can be very dangerous if not taken with care and monitored by a provider. A drug as simple as digoxin or coumadin could kill a person if not taken correctly or without the knowledge of a provider
You missed the rest of my message. Please reread what I wrote. I said that you made a good point, but that expanding programs takes a lot of time and people need to find a way to pay for their drugs NOW. TODAY.
I also mentioned that I would be a little more hesitant if it was something stronger, say a heart medicine, but that given a choice between food and drugs (as is the case with many people) I would take my chances with overseas purchasing.
Most people do not just go out and buy drugs without a prescription. The problem is that they can't afford to pay for it. They are well aware of what drugs they need, they just aren't going through an online catalog and picking up something that looks nice.
So no one is giving anyone carte blanche. I'm sure the patients will still be monitored by their doctors, as much as they can afford to see them!
One could argue that not being able to afford a med and not taking it can be dangerous as well. I agree with that too. But, this legislation, as it is written today, lacks a safety net
Yes, not being able to afford your digoxin and not taking it can kill you. Certainly a bigger gamble than buying it over the Internet from a reputable dealer. And what safety net would you propose on this?
The bottom line is that people are already buying over the Internet. I have stated that before and will state it again. They have no choice. A woman I know has been buying Tamoxifen from a Canadian Internet company at a cost of $14 a month, which could cost her $200 a month here. For someone living on disability, that cost is prohibitive.
So for right now, what would you propose? I asked that in my other post. What should a person do right now who can't afford his medication? Wait for legislation to be passed? Write his congressman? Buy his drugs and not pay the rent? Or order it overseas through the Internet?
Until there are major changes in the way pharmaceutical companies operate in this country, or major changes are made in healthcare access, I don't see another solution coming anytime soon.
And it is a sad situation, but allowing people to buy drugs from overseas companies is at least a viable solution that can be implemented immediately.