Thursday, September 11, 2008

Obama and McCain Both Support Drug Re-Importation

As the 2008 Presidential Campaign heads into its inevitable heated conclusion and the individual campaigns separate themselves on the issues, it may be time to reflect briefly on an issue that both Barrack Obama and John McCain seem to be in agreement.

Both Barrack Obama and John McCain have publically stated their support of drug re-importation as a way to curb the high price of pharmaceuticals.

Given this seemingly rare consensus it is important to realize that there is a significant possibility that drug re-importation may become a reality once the new administration comes into power.

There are certainly many pros and cons to the issue and many reasons why there is significant support for this stance by both candidates. It is important however to understand the considerable danger that re-importation magnifies if it becomes law.

As we all know by now, the issue of counterfeit, adulterated and contaminated drugs has been proliferating both domestically and globally dramatically in recent years. To date the United States has little in the way of regulations or solutions in place to adequately protect the domestic pharmaceutical supply chain from this threat, outside of weak state pedigree laws which attempt to track the transaction of drugs from the manufacturer to the drug store.

If the re-importation of drugs becomes a reality, the potential threat of even more counterfeit, adulterated and contaminated medications reaching the American consumer will automatically triple given the supply chain’s inability to adequately track and authenticate the actual contents of the medication.

This is where XStream Systems technology can save the day. XStream’s XT250 system has the ability to authenticate and verify the contents of a sealed container in a non-destructive manner. Authenticating the contents of the imported pharmaceuticals will be critical in making certain that pharmaceuticals imported from other countries are clinically safe and efficacious.

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