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Re: Pfizer's response to Dr. Rost's statements ghost

Posted by Larry Hoover on September 28, 2004, at 9:37:24 [reposted on September 28, 2004, at 22:41:52 | original URL]

In reply to Pfizer's response to Dr. Rost's statements, posted by ghost on September 28, 2004, at 8:09:21

> > In an astounding break from policy, Dr. Rost, a vice-president at the world's largest pharm co., Pfizer, testified (two days ago?) to a Congressional committee that the risks of obtaining drugs from Canada are vastly overstated, and false.

> This is Pfizer's response to Dr. Rost's statement of opinions:

Thanks for supplying this information. I hadn't seen it yet.

I'm not going to downplay the issue that unscrupulous suppliers might be preying on the unwary consumer. However, the implication from this article that counterfeit drugs in e.g. the UK are relatively commonplace leads the reader to presume that somehow the United States does not similarly suffer from "supply chain" problems. With the highest drug prices in the world, do you not think that the United States is the preferred target? It's not just a European problem.

And then you get straw man arguments, like the following one. We're not talking about unapproved unregulated medications. And counterfeits are also a domestic problem. The United States, too, has a counterfeit drug problem.

> Unapproved, unregulated and counterfeit medicines bought online can (and do) come from virtually anywhere in the world.

There are reputable Canadian companies supplying Canadian meds to Americans at Canadian prices. I'm not going to suggest that is always the case, because we know otherwise. I think that a reasonable person can find a reputable supplier by investigating the background, history, and management of that supply.





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