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Importation of prescription drugs from Canada rises despite FDA's best efforts to protect Big Pharma's profits in the U.S.

Sunday, July 25, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: the FDA, drug imports, drugs from Canada

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The FDA is losing its battle waged against the pocketbooks of American consumers: people are importing more prescription drugs than ever, and they're getting them from Canada, Mexico and even the U.K. This concerns the FDA, of course, which has gone all out to protect the profits of Big Pharma by attempting to monopolize the U.S. drug market in much the way that the Chicago mob from a hundred years ago tried to control the flow of alcohol.

The FDA's financial war against the American people isn't winning any friends at the states, either, where state budgets for health care demand that states seek cheaper sources of prescription drugs wherever possible. State Governors, in particular, are fed up with the FDA's corruption and they're speaking out against the agency's monopolistic, strongarm tactics by going public with their own information. Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconson puts a link to Canadian pharmacies right on his web site, much to the anger of the FDA, and outright tells people that the FDA's drug racket is a sham. The Governor of Minnesota has long fought the FDA as well. In fact, there are a growing number of Governors and city officials who are now accusing the FDA of conspiracy and violating federal law in order to protect the profits of U.S. pharmaceutical companies.

The FDA is doing everything that a good mob boss should be doing: they're strongarming search engines to prevent online pharmacies from advertising, they're spreading fear and disinformation by claiming that drugs from Canada are somehow more dangerous than drugs from the U.S. (they're exactly the same drugs, with the same side effects), and even going so far as to search vehicles for drugs -- LEGAL drugs -- that return to the U.S. from Canada. Maybe they'll soon train drug-sniffing dogs to locate Viagra and Prozac, too.

Yet despite the best efforts of the FDA, drug imports continue to rise. That's because the American people are not fools: if the same drugs are cheaper across the border, they're going to look across the border. If a state can save a hundred million dollars a year by importing drugs for state employees rather than buying them at the ridiculous sky-high markups found in the U.S., a state is going to look very seriously at importing. The fact is, the FDA's drug racket is starting to buckle at the seams. They've tried using fear, intimidation and censorship to control the U.S. drug market, and it's not working: people are finding out the truth about prescription drug profits and pharmaceutical profits, and they're fed up with it.

Only a fool would pay U.S. prices for prescription drugs, and only a criminal agency like the FDA would try to make it illegal for individuals, cities and states to use the free market to seek better prices on the prescription drugs they believe they need.

The actions of the FDA in this regard are so blatant that I can't believe the nation isn't calling for a criminal investigation of the agency right now. It's time to reform the FDA and fire the politicians there who knowingly compromise public health in order to protect drug industry profits. It's time to put in a Department of Internal Affairs at the FDA that investigates and prosecutes precisely this sort of corruption. Because what we have right now at the FDA is an agency that operates a whole lot like the Russian maffia. Free market be damned: the FDA's here to protect you!

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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