FORT MYERS, Fla.- Southwest Floridians could lose their rights to buy RX drugs from Canada and other foreign countries, under a bill that is moving through the U.S. Congress. Some applaud the move; others say it will cost Americans millions.
"I don't like it at all. I get plavix from Canada and it's about six times more expensive at the local pharmacy here in North Fort Myers. I say, leave it alone, we need our cheaper drugs from Canada," said 89-year-old Mary Miller.
"As a business owner, I say it is great. I don't lose a lot of money to the Canadian drug companies, but it's enough, and I would like to get that money," said Pharmacist Rich Lawrence of Fort Myers. "We need to keep all the money we can, in America."
The Canadian companies are so worried about the bill that they have created a website to lobby against it. It's called: RXrights.com. One company, Canada Pharmacy, is sending letters to American customers, urging them to call their seantors to oppose the bill.
The Obama Administration is supporting the move, because of concerns over some unsafe drugs from some companies.
RXrights spokesman Lee Graczyk of Minneapolis told WINK News: "We understand that there are some illegitimate companies out there. But the Canadian drug companies are good and proper, they do things exactly right, and they should be allowed to continue to do so. We should not penalize those that are good, because of a few that are not."
The bill has cleared committees in the Senate, and is beginning the hearing process in the U.S. House of Representatives.