McCain on Drugs

I have been fearful that John McCain’s occasional use of phrases like “safe importation of drugs? meant that he was eventually going to endorse the re-importing of pharmaceuticals from Canada. Alas, AP has confirmed my fears:

Republican presidential contender John McCain on Saturday said he wants to again allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada as a way to bring health care costs under control.

Although I have discussed various arguments against this notion before, the myth that re-importation will reduce domestic drug prices deserves to be debunked again. As Nina Owcharenko, of the Heritage Foundation, puts it:

Economists, both liberal and conservative, agree that drug prices will not drop in the United States as much as they will rise abroad. The Congressional Budget Office concluded that allowing importation would reduce prescription drug spending by only about 1 percent and that importation from Canada would result in a “negligible reduction in drug spending.?

In promoting this bad idea, McCain joins the dubious company of Hillary Clinton and Ron Paul. That he has aligned himself with a confirmed statist like the former and a certified wackjob like the latter should give his supporters pause.

Comments 2

  1. Linear wrote:

    Drugs imported from Canada are exempt from Canadian laws on drug safety if they are imported for export. Canadian pharmacies, sources of legit drugs, have already taken steps to reduce supply to Americans. This increases the likelihood that Americans importing drugs from Canada will be importing drugs made in Southeast Asia and China.

    Oh, and there won’t be any recalls for impure or ineffective ingredients.

    Posted 19 Nov 2007 at 10:01 pm
  2. Casey wrote:

    Don’t we have industries that do research and testing on these drugs that are already paid by our tax dollars to do so?

    I get tired of the Ron Paul bashing as well. “Wackjob” is the best these people can come up with for a man of integrity and consistency.

    Posted 21 Nov 2007 at 2:26 am

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