FDA Approves Florida’s Plan to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada

January 5, 2024

The Biden administration has approved Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ plan to import certain prescription drugs from Canada, a significant step in the long-standing debate over drug importation in the U.S. This approval by the FDA sets a precedent for other states. The plan, first proposed under the Trump administration, focuses on reducing costs for public health programs like Medicaid by importing drugs for two years. The initiative faces challenges, including potential legal hurdles and concerns from Canadian officials. Politically, it’s a point of contention in the presidential race, with debates over which administration should receive credit for this advancement in controlling drug prices.

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[Source: STAT, December 5th, 2023]

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