WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Most Americans oppose the reimportation of prescription drugs into the United States, a survey released Wednesday by The Polling Co., said.
Pollster Kellyanne Conway, who conducted the survey of 800 adults for the InterAmerican College of Physicians & Surgeons, the Kidney Cancer Association and the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, said the data shows supporters of reimportation face significant hurdles as they push to permit these U.S.-manufactured drugs back into the United States from overseas markets via the Internet.
"First, they haven't told folks the full extent of their plan," Conway said, with the data showing support for the idea collapses when people become aware reimported pharmaceuticals would come not just from Canada but "from every country in the European Union and from Asian countries like Japan."
"Second, the group with supposedly the most at stake -- senior citizens -- is the one most likely to oppose it," Conway said.
The final hurdle, Conway said, is women, "who traditionally comprise the majority of voters who decide on the basis of health-related issues."
The data, she said, indicates that women are less supportive of reimportation than men, "who tend to go to the polls with other issues on their minds."