American's Ain't Stupid (except for 9%)
I should have picked up on this story. PharmaGossip did. But since it is right up my alley I can't not write about it.
"Most Americans Support Legalizing Drug Imports From Canada, Poll Finds"
According to the Wall Street Journal.
Here's the scoop.
"Two-thirds of Americans strongly believe a law prohibiting pharmaceutical imports from Canada and other countries is intended to protect drug-company profits and only 9% feel strongly that it helps protect Americans from potentially harmful drugs, a WSJ.com/Harris Interactive polls shows."
That means only 9% of Americans are really stupid. That is good news! Sometimes when you deal with the rest of the world, especially government, you feel the percentage is higher.
The online poll also shows 80% of Americans favor allowing people to import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries if they are much less expensive there.
But is this happening? Of course not. Most of our pols down in D.C. are bought and paid for.
Because if they cared about what people felt, they'd do something. Which they don't. "84% of those surveyed said they agree with making it legal to import drugs from Canada if they are approved and vetted by that country's drug regulatory agency, Health Canada, compared with 9% who disagree.
Again, it is a win-win for every politician. Only 9% of Americans (the stupid ones) don't like the idea.
And, there is more, according to the WSJ, the percentage of Americans who report having purchased drugs from a foreign country is now 11% and that percentage has apparently doubled since 2002.