Proposals to allow the importation of prescription medicines from Canada ignore the dangerous threat to patients of counterfeit and adulterated medicines. What actually happens when a patient orders a medicine through an online Canadian pharmacy may not be what you think. Counterfeit and adulterated medicines may contain paint, drywall or other harmful ingredients, be handled incorrectly or, in some cases, contain no active ingredients at all. Often these medicines look so similar patients cannot tell the difference. This infographic explores the realities of importation, comparing what you think happens in Canada with what actually happens.
Learn more at: PhRMA.org/Importation.
Allyson Funk Ally is a senior director of public affairs at PhRMA focusing on Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and other public programs. Her previous experience includes leading health communications for a large membership organization, supporting public affairs clients, and working for the governor of Louisiana. Ally enjoys travel, trying new restaurants and spending time with Buddy, her 9-year-old rescue Pomeranian. In the fall, she and her husband are almost always wearing Saints gear.