David L. Wallach's letter about mail-order drugs and the charges being faced by FedEx ("Mail-Order Drugs," July 18) is relevant to the situation faced by my wife. She suffers from a blood cancer, for which the cost of her medication, without insurance, is $180,000 annually. At the suggestion of her physician we at first contacted Canadian pharmacies. Their much cheaper prices reduced our out-of-pocket expenses to about $4,000 per year. For some reason after a few months they were no longer able to guarantee the supply of medication; however, they put us in contact with the manufacturer in India.
Now every four months we wire transfer funds to this company, after which it sends us the drugs. There is always the chance that the container will be opened and confiscated by customs, which will cause us to begin all over, losing the money we sent and taking the chance that they will be confiscated again.
It seems to me that if the federal government were serious about prescription drug problems it would begin an investigation as to why prescription drugs are so expensive in the United States compared with other countries. Unfortunately Big Pharma has such a death grip on Congress that this will never happen.
KENNETH L. KAUFMAN