Posted by Mitch on August 22, 2001, at 23:53:53
In reply to Re: Cam! - Advisability and Legality of Importing, posted by JohnL on August 22, 2001, at 17:07:44
> In the USA it is legal to import medications under the following constraints:
> 1. They are for personal use and not for resale.
> 2. They are not commercially promoted.
> 3. They are of less than 3 months supply.
> 4. They are not classified as controlled substances.
> Here's something real interesting. Did you know...that any government official who tries to deny an American their right to import legally within the above contraints can be fined up to $10,000 and imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both. 18USCC Section 241 and 242.
Thanks for that info. If my pdoc feels comfortable with prescribing it (as if it would have been available in the US), then it is an option I will consider. However, I wouldn't be surprised if most pdocs would not even think of it because it would place the legal burden on them for condoning a patient to take unapproved meds. If I flip-out or have a stroke, i.e., my pdoc could be held liable and would have little protection. And if I go behind my pdoc's back and import the meds and self-medicate that wrecks the doctor patient relationship. I think it would be a lot easier if Canada and the U.S could become more of a "common market" with respect to newer meds being available to their respective populaces without getting medical mullahs and pharmaceutical companies doing battle at everybody's expense. Do I sniff something here called NAFTA??