Surrey, BC May 11, 2011
Visit RxRights.org and
click on the "Protected Access" link.
"The bill may
endanger speech and block access to legitimate online
As the fight for the right for access to affordable prescription
drugs heats up, American citizens are urged to join
OnlinePharmaciesCanada.com and RxRights.org in contacting local
government official and showing support for affordable healthcare. In recent months, the U.S. government has taken steps to limit Americans’ access to safe and affordable drugs from international sources such as OnlinePharmaciesCanada.com. Yet, many American patients rely on reputable online pharmacies as an affordable alternative to the growing prescription costs in the United States.
The fact that Americans pay on average twice as much for prescription medications as other industrialized countries has forced many U.S. citizens to seek affordable alternatives. Combined with the price fixing and censorship efforts of large pharmaceutical companies, many patients have no other choice but to seek international sources for their medications. Still, in the past year, Americans face growing challenges with regards to accessing these affordable alternatives which has subsequently led RxRights.org to campaign on behalf of these citizens in order to protect their access to cheap, safe prescriptions.
There is little question about the Barrack Obama administration’s dedication to providing American citizens equal access to healthcare. Yet, in their efforts the White House and Congress has taken steps that ultimately prevent access to international pharmacies and their cheaper drugs. For example, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) is a bill that proposes to block access to a list of blacklisted pharmacy websites. Nevertheless, the focus of the bill, which is to put an end to fraudulent online pharmacies, may be easily lost in the sweeping language of the bill ultimately causing reputable pharmacies to be blocked as well. RxRights.org, OnlinePharmaciesCanada.com, and even politicians like Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore) caution that the bill may endanger free speech and block access to legitimate online pharmacies.
Furthermore, via Intellectual Property Czar Victoria Espinel, the White House has announced plans to shut down
international pharmacy sites completely. Through partnership with various private businesses such as Google, Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal, access to online pharmacies, including certified
international and Canadian pharmacies, may be censored. While OnlinePharmaciesCanada.com and RxRights.org applaud attempts made by the Obama administration to put an end to rogue pharmacies, efforts must also be made to protect American citizens’ access to affordable mail order medications.
In an attempt to communicate the concerns of American patients to their local representatives, OnlinePharmaciesCanada.com is encouraging U.S. citizens to visit RxRights.org and click on the “Protect Access” link. Similarly, Americans can visit OnlinePharmaciesCanada.com and click the "Take Action Now" button on the RxRights segment of their homepage. Patients will then be given the option to sign a letter appealing for the protection of prescription rights that will subsequently be forwarded to their local senator or congressperson. By signing and sending this letter, American citizens are helping to protect their right to buy cheaper, but equally safe, pharmaceuticals from international pharmacies.
The right to affordable healthcare is the cornerstone of many industrialized nations, and while the U.S. government endeavors to protect this right, the American citizen must also take action. Canadian online pharmacies such as OnlinePharmacieCanada,that bear the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) seal are held to the strictest standards of service.