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I had planned on using Hayden Hamilton, founder of the Portland, Oregon-based ProgressiveRx.com, as my source for updates on how things were going in Washington with healthcare reform -- especially regarding any technology-driven solutions to spiraling healthcare costs. After all, Progressive is an online pharmacy resource that helps consumers buy discounted drugs from overseas outlets, one of many that have sprouted on the Internet and seen their traffic soar along with the cost of buying medications.
It is not illegal for a company to source the manufacture of drugs outside of the US. I would rather get prescription drugs from the pharmacy at the hospital/clinic where my doctor is at. If we had single payer the ability (and desire) of the health care provider would be to dispense the least expensive drugs possible. The single payer system would have more leverage to work with suppliers (wherever their location) to have the least expensive and highest quality product. The crazy concept of buying your own medications at the lowest priced source would work itself out.
There is an underlying, yet more important, issue that remains unanswered here: Isn't importing medications and drugs from overseas illegal? If this statement is true, how come many online pharmacies (+5,000) have been able to thrive so far?
To say that Google is in bed with Big Pharma because they are now requiring every pharmaceutical company to be legitimately certified is BS!