DoctorSolve Co-Founder Among Industry Experts that Rebut Claims that Canadian Drug Importation is Unsafe

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Dr. Paul Zickler among industry experts who agree there is not enough science and too much politics in biased new report that claims drug importation is unsafe.

Do the risk of imported prescription medications outweigh the benefits? Giuliani Partners, led by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, came to this erroneous conclusion in its recently released report, “Examination and Assessment of Prescription Drugs Importation from Foreign Sources to the United States.” Many industry experts disagree with the biased report and believe that the only downside to drug importation may be a loss of profits for pharmaceutical companies.

David MacKay, executive director of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association, says the report is full of controversial information, including suggestions that Canadian Internet pharmacies are unregulated.

“The report was bought and paid for by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a lobbying group for drug companies, so you have to consider the source,” states MacKay. “In addition, the report is not based on a full understanding of the Canadian or European Union system of safety controls and procedures.”

Paul Zickler, M.D., co-founder of DoctorSolve Health Care Solutions, agrees. His Canadian company only offers prescription medications produced in countries that adhere to the same Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) procedures followed in the United States.

“Our prescription medications are just as safe, or safer, than the medications bought in the U.S.,” says Dr. Zickler. “They are the same high-quality drugs that are helping save and improve the quality of lives of people here in Canada or any of the European countries that follow the same high standards of GMP.”

Dr. Zickler says that although the medications occasionally have a different name, color or shape, the drugs are the same brand product and the manufacturer name is on the package.

Even Dr. Peter Rost, a Vice President with Pfizer, has recently said that he knows drugs imported from other countries are safe.

“Our drugs are shipped in big vats to wholesalers, and then poured into smaller bulk-size containers, from which tablets are dispensed manually to the patient,” says Dr. Rost. “In Europe, drugs are sold in tamper-proof individual bottles or blisters, and no one touches a drug after it leaves the manufacturer.”

Today, half of the large drug companies, including Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca and Sanofi-Aventis are foreign corporations.

“They take out big ads in American newspapers and tell us that importation is not safe, while they know full well that it’s been done safely and cost-effectively in their own home markets, in Europe, for over 20 years,” says Dr. Rost.

According to a Department of Health and Human Services report Dr. Rost issued in December 2004, drug importation will save U.S. consumers about $37.8 billion a year.

So the only downside to drug importation may be a loss of profits for the big pharmaceutical companies.

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