Most Americans support legalization of Rx drug imports: WSJ poll

Two-thirds of Americans strongly believe a law prohibiting the importation of prescription drugs from Canada and other countries is intended to protect pharma company profits and only 9% feel strongly that it helps protect Americans from potentially harmful drugs, according to a report on The Wall Street Journal’s Web site. A Wall Street Journal/Harris Interactive poll, conducted online from Aug. 23-25, found that 80% of Americans favored allowing US consumers to import prescription pharmaceuticals from Canada and other countries if they are much less expensive there. Other poll results included: *More than three-quarters of Americans believe confiscating drugs at the Canadian border jeopardizes the health of some Americans, compared with 15% who disagree. *Eighty-four percent of those surveyed said they agree with making it legal to import drugs from Canada if they are approved and vetted by the Canadian health agency Health Canada, compared with 9% who disagreed. *The percentage of Americans who report having purchased drugs from a foreign country to save money is small at 11%. But that number has doubled since 2002, and varies among segments of the population – 16% of Americans living in the West and 23% of Hispanics surveyed in the poll said they have bought drugs from another country, compared with 8% of those living in the East or Midwest and 2% of Blacks.

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