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WaPo Columnist Condemning Sanders' Drug Importation Bill Doesn't Realize Canada Can Expand Its Regulatory Agency


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WaPo Columnist Condemning Sanders' Drug Importation Bill Doesn't Realize Canada Can Expand Its Regulatory Agency

Dean Baker

The Washington Post ran a column by Leona Aglukkaq, a former member of Canada's House of Commons and Canadian health minister, which complained that Senator Bernie Sanders proposal to allow mass importation of drugs from Canada would overburden the country's regulatory agency. As the piece tells readers:


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It is always follow the money! Global elitists are getting too big and powerful meaning we the people have less and less chance of defeating them. They own politicians worldwide. They probably fund ISIS to create chaos and fear. They will swoop in at some point and buy all that destroyed land? probably alot of resources under those destroyed homes, historical monuments and institutions.

They've been doing it for decades maybe forever. Of course they got beaten back by FDR but they've been working their shock doctrine: disaster capitalism around the world and now on western democracy shores. Thank you Naomi Klein for your book pointing this out, I read it over 10 years ago before we realized it was heading our way.


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Big Pharma: profits over people.

I live in a country where Healthcare is a privilege. That really pisses me off.


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This article is further evidence that WaPo continues to be a primary propaganda purveyor for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its ongoing commitment to getting more corporate "contributions" than the GOP, especially from the drug industry.


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Ms. Aglukkaq was (a useless) Minister of the Environment during the Harper administration.

She does know that a small inspection fee/tax on pharmaceuticals exported to the USA is possible. But that might hurt the profits of the overlords that the Harperites pledged fealty to.

There are lots of good reasons why the Harper administration was turfed out as solidly as it was, soon after a credible, properly liberal/social-democrat opponent was confirmed.

/ Americans, DID also have a properly liberal/social-democrat candidate. But the American mainstream media refused, at the urging of the Democrat's administration apparently, to provide any confirmation of Mr. Sanders's popularity.

But I still blame the American voters, and all the non-voters. You own this president, but not in the good way.


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Trump has his alternative facts and all that...

But in Bernie, we may be seeing a rising alternative presidency and that's the truth!

Go Bernie!


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"Canadian authorities do not inspect every shipment of products headed for the U.S. marketplace to ensure that packages don’t contain adulterated, counterfeit or illegal drugs."
Common sense would suggest they'd have no way of recognizing adulterated or counterfeit------- and so they inspect all domestic RX coming out of Canadian Pharmacies.
Control freak IDIOTS.


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U.S. authorities do not inspect every shipment of products headed for the marketplace to ensure that packages don’t contain adulterated, counterfeit or illegal drugs either.

This Leona Aglukkaq is just another obfuscationist corporate spokesman. Remember, corporations have hired thousands of these mouthpieces to steer the narrative. As a matter of fact there are several right here expressing the corporate will on Common Dreams.


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Many if not most of the pharma drugs in Canada were first imported there from U.S. drug manufacturers. All one has to do is read the labels of the drugs one buys in Canada. So this is really a re-importation drug bill.

The sad fact is that drugs manufactured in the U.S. are sold to U.S. citizens at exorbitant prices while those same drugs imported to Canada sell for a fraction of the U.S. price even when they are reimported back to the U.S. at Canadian prices.

This fact alone puts to the lie the so-called safety of Canadian drugs that GOP politicians peddle in order to increase the profits of Big Pharma.

Therein lies the rub.


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Germany is the largest exporter of pharmaceuticals in the world, with 15% of the market share. The aspirin that we take is in fact made in India.