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AARP – the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people ages 50 and older with nearly 38 million members – recently issued drug price lowering recommendations to federal and state legislators that will come into office after midterm elections.

Among the recommendations, supporting safe importation from countries like Canada or members of the European Union.

“It is critical that any proposals to lower prescription drug costs don’t simply shift the costs around in the health care system without addressing the root problem: the prices set by pharmaceutical companies,” said Joyce Rogers, AARP senior vice president for government affairs, in a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

We agree that safe personal prescription importation from licensed, legitimate online pharmacies in Canada can help Americans access medications that they can afford. In reality, many Americans have been ordering their medications from Canada for many years and we are pleased to see importation finally getting the attention that it deserves among leaders in Washington.

We appreciate AARP stepping forward to support safe importation, and encourage other organizations to follow their lead. For more details from AARP, please visit

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