By Nigel Rawson and John Adams
Patients everywhere would like both better health care and less expensive prescription medicines. Nowhere is this truer than in the United States, where drug prices are the highest in the world and subpar health outcomes call for improvements.
Although illegal, many Americans have tried to obtain lower cost medicines from other countries. Canada in particular has been targeted due to its close proximity to the United States and its lower prices for brand-name drugs. However, Canadian drugmakers couldn’t supply even a fraction of the prescription drugs demanded by Americans, as Canada imports most of the medicines available in its domestic market.