Government Censorship Campaign to Block Affordable Drug Accessposted Wed, 5 Jan 2011
The White House has initiated a Draconian crackdown on online pharmacies that puts the health of a millions of Americans in jeopardy. American consumers’ access to sources of safe and affordable prescription drugs has been endangered before, but never before like this.
Last month, Intellectual Property Czar Victoria Espinel, announced the government’s plans to completely shut down online pharmacy sites as an extension of the proposed Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA).
Even more insidious, the administration has enlisted companies like Google, Visa, MasterCard, PayPal and Network Solutions to assist with its rampant censorship campaign.
Espinel has been all over the media, warning Americans about online pharmacies. She’s been quoting damning research from Partnership at Drugfree.org—an organization that, incidentally, is supported by big pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer.
We agree with the administration’s main point here: drug safety is critical. We also believe that rogue pharmacies should be stopped. But such broad and sweeping censorship is unconstitutional. It endangers the countless legitimate online pharmacies and the millions of Americans that need access to safe and affordable medicine.
Lee Graczyk, RxRights
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