Americans who cannot, or struggle to, afford their medications scored a victory last week when the bills known as SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act) were postponed indefinitely. The bills contained language that imperiled access to safe non-U.S. online pharmacies, including PharmacyChecker-approved websites. We addressed the main issues and growing opposition to this legislation last week.
We want to applaud the work of RxRights.org, which played a pivotal role in rallying Americans against SOPA and PIPA and in organizing the industry’s efforts to join the great Internet blackout of January 18th.
Your letters, emails, phone calls and visits to your Congresspeople made a difference. Last Wednesday, MILLIONS joined you in speaking out to express opposition to the bills during the big Internet blackout. In response to your powerful actions, the House and the Senate have put the bills on hold. Congratulations on a job well done and thank you for standing up for affordable medicine!
We couldn’t agree more! Although the bills aren’t completely dead, they are far less likely to pass any time soon, and they will almost certainly never reach a vote in their current form. Take a look at the change in opposition after the blackout protest took place:
Source: Pro Publica.