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Editor:

Just recently, six Canadian men were arrested for the distribution of counterfeit drugs and will be extradited to the United States for prosecution. They were selling drugs labeled as medicine for cancer but in reality had no active ingredients, and instead contained cornstarch and acetone.

This example illustrates a growing problem in our prescription drug market. Many physicians within the United States have unknowingly purchased drugs that were counterfeit.

Senator Bernie Sanders proposed legislation that would allow Americans to purchase drugs from other countries outside of the Federal Drug Administration’s (FDA) air-tight safety and testing procedures. I have heard and seen the untimely deaths and hospitalizations of too many Nevadans due to imported drugs being counterfeit and altered.

There is a reason why we rely on the FDA to ensure patient’s safety, but we cannot ensure the quality of imported drugs from Canada or any other country. Senator Heller must vote against Senator Sanders’ proposed legislation. The health and security of all Nevadans are at stake.

Shawna Bowen

Reno

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