FDA warns states about new prescription drug import laws

FDA warns states about new prescription drug import laws

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration [official website] has warned Texas Governor Rick Perry [official website] that a law he signed requiring the Texas State Board of Pharmacy [official website] to provide information about Canadian pharmacies may violate federal law [FDA letter to Perry]. The agency would inspect up to 10 Canadian pharmacies and allow consumers to decide which ones were safe options to purchase lower-cost drugs from. Nine other states operate similar websites [JURIST report], and the FDA has issued similar warnings [JURIST report] about all of them, including earlier this week to Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn [AP report]. The FDA prohibits importing drugs [official website] because it cannot guarantee their safety. A US industry coalition has also introduced a website lobbying against importing drugs. The Houston Chronicle has more.