This Issue

MedEsthetics Legal Issues Nov/Dec 2017

Operating a medical aesthetic practice is expensive, and profit margins can be precarious, particularly when a business is in its beginning stages. It’s no surprise, therefore, that practice owners are always on the lookout for ways to save money. Some do this by engaging in a practice known as parallel importation—importing non-counterfeit products from another country—which allows them to save money on brand name drugs. As tempting as it sounds, parallel importation is illegal, but the grounds on which these laws were passed are shifting.

The Basics

In many countries—including the United Kingdom, Ger-many, France, Sweden and Canada—the government regulates the cost of pharmaceuticals. These regulations were created to prevent drug manufacturers from engaging in price...