Drug Importation Often Driven By Personal, Not Pricing, Concerns, FDA Finds
Prescription-free access to pharmaceuticals, as opposed to saving money, is the motivation for a large number of Americans who purchase drugs online, according to FDA Acting Deputy Commissioner-Policy Randall Lutter
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