Fuzzy thinking on prescription drugs from abroad

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Try as I might, I cannot understand Gary Robinson's reasoning ["Drug reimportation's real problem," letters, Dec. 20]. Drugs are cheaper in other countries not because their governments control pharmaceutical prices; it is because they set budgets and bargain with drug companies to meet those budgets.

So if a company wants to sell me an aspirin for $20 and I bargain it down to $2, or if a mechanic wants to charge $1,000 for a brake job and I bargain him down to $200, which of my decisions was "economically foolish"?

Peter J. Benson, Columbia

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