Let U.S. Patients Have Life-Saving Medicines from Cuba

With the easing of U.S.-Cuba relations, the U.S. government now allows visitors to Cuba to bring back $400 worth of goods, including $100 worth of rum and cigars. They are not allowed to bring back medicines that could save lives.

As part of its new opening toward Cuba, the U.S. State Department has proposed a list of goods Cubans in the private sector can export to the U.S. The list does not include medicines because medicines are developed by a Cuban government research center.

Background:
1. Connecticut Post: Better Relations with Cuba Might Help American Diabetics
2. Miami Herald: Rep. Garcia's Push for Cuban Drug Trial Tests Support for Embargo


Every 7 minutes in the United States someone loses a limb to diabetes. A medical treatment exists in Cuba.[1]

Numerous other life-improving and life-saving Cuban medicines are denied to U.S. patients.

Congress members and government officials in both big political parties are beginning to oppose this policy.[2]

The regulation that needs to be changed is made by the Treasury Department.

Please sign this petition to the Treasury Department and White House:

Please allow Cuban medicines to be tested in the United States and, if approved, imported into the United States. Patients should not have to lose limbs or lives over an antiquated ideological struggle.



151-175 of 20854 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add a comment if ...
20704 2.4 years ago Anonymous Palo Alto, CA
20703 2.4 years ago Ellyn Sutton Spokane, WA
20702 2.4 years ago Anna Thurman Simi Valley, CA
20701 2.4 years ago Lily Marie Rough and Ready, CA
20700 2.4 years ago Kathleen Bobb Westerlo, NY No one I know would ever think that medical treatment was denied them due to the politics of the USA. So many times, it is reported what the USA is denying Cuba, Iraq, and others. It is also impli...
20699 2.4 years ago Anonymous Las Vegas, NV It should be allowed both ways from all countries irrespective of politics.
20698 2.4 years ago Justin Wooton Moncks Corner, SC
20697 2.4 years ago William Anderson York, PA
20696 2.4 years ago James Francis Lake charles, LA
20695 2.4 years ago Anonymous Tomball, TX
20694 2.4 years ago Margaret Rasmussen Scotch Plains, NJ
20693 2.4 years ago LaVerne Mooty Philadelphia, PA
20692 2.4 years ago Gary Tomlin Aledo, TX Big Pharma is killing us on many levels.
20691 2.4 years ago Robert Barlow Wassaic, NY The over pricing of drugs in the USA is ridiculous! The profits are used for advertising as much as for research. Health care should NOT be a 'for profit' business.
20690 2.4 years ago Joanne Shansky Wauwatosa, WI
20689 2.4 years ago Carolyn Doty Redding, CA
20688 2.4 years ago Doris S. j Mulino, OR
20687 2.4 years ago Sam Engler Levittown, NY
20686 2.4 years ago Richard Shook Niantic, CT
20685 2.4 years ago Nancy Gault Waldoboro, ME
20684 2.4 years ago Theresa Billeaud San Antonio, TX I would certainly want such medical service if I needed it!
20683 2.4 years ago Louise Frazier East Montpelier, VT People should have the right and be enabled to have the medicine of their choice---not determined by a government agency!
20682 2.4 years ago Rachel Finnegan Jisle, IL
20681 2.4 years ago Sayeda Fazel Simi Valley, CA
20680 2.4 years ago babette bruton Gulfport, FL
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