Why drug importation is bad for Americans

Drug importation schemes are dangerous and have significant negative consequences for both individuals and our health care system. Importation refers to when governments or individuals circumvent the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulatory review and approval process to acquire unapproved prescription drugs from other countries outside of our secure drug distribution system. Without proper FDA oversight and enforcement of laws designed to protect patient safety, which importation schemes undermine, there is increased potential for unsafe counterfeit, substandard or adulterated products to infiltrate the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain, putting people in harm’s way.