Winnipeg, Manitoba (PRWEB) January 18, 2012
Joining with other major Internet sites, such as Wikipedia, Reddit, Boing Boing, and Wordpress, CanadaDrugs.com and other members of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association on January 18th will participate in the “Internet Blackout” movement to protest Congress’ proposed anti-piracy legislation.
Canada Drugs wants to raise awareness amongst its online customers on the threat that The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act (PIPA) pose to their freedom of choice. Over a million Americans who currently turn to licensed, legitimate online Canadian and International Pharmacies as an affordable alternative for their prescription drug purchases could see their choice limited or taken away by the vague and overly broad language that these acts are written in. They are designed to protect the interests of U.S. businesses and fight counterfeiting, but closer examination of the bills makes it clear that they reach too broadly and could seriously affect how tens of millions of Americans access and use the internet, as well as force the shutdown of legitimate websites such as CanadaDrugs.com and other CIPA members.
On January 18th, Canada Drugs homepage will display a splash banner that informs customers of the threat SOPA/PIPA pose to Americans’ ability to order safe, affordable prescription medications from Canadian pharmacies. SOPA/PIPA also raise fears of “Internet Blacklists,” increased censorship and the potential to stop innovation and dynamism of the Internet due to over regulation and government interference.
Of particular concern to CanadaDrugs.com and its customers is the vague and broadly written language that could threaten licensed, certified CIPA.com and PharmacyChecker.com websites with forced shutdown. Taking away the only source of safe, affordable medication for over a million American seniors, and others that use Canadian pharmacies. Canada Drugs also will alert its customers that SOPA inappropriately groups together legitimate pharmacy websites that sell safe brand name medication and require a prescription from each patient’s personal physician, with dangerous rogue pharmacies that don’t adhere to CIPA and Pharmacy Checker guidelines on prescriptions and product safety.
“These bills would cut off access to the legitimate Canadian pharmacies that hundreds of thousands of Americans rely on each year to access their needed medicines at an affordable price,” said Brock Gunter-Smith, Chief Business Development Officer for Canada Drugs. “If Congress makes it harder for their citizens to buy from pharmacies like Canada Drugs that adhere to safety guidelines, require prescriptions, and sell brand name and generic products, than in their search for affordable prescription drugs they will be more, not less likely to purchase from dangerous foreign rogues.
After the January 18th “Internet Blackout”, Canada Drugs and other CIPA members will continue to advocate along with senior citizens groups such as RxRights.com, to press for sensible solutions that allow Americans’ freedom of choice in purchasing safe, affordable prescription medication from reputable online sources.
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