FDA, HHS allow states to import drugs from Canada

The federal government has actually permitted the importation of prescription drugs because 2000, specifying that HHS must certify the importation is safe. Such an occasion has never occurred until Sept. 23, when the departments secretary, Alex Azar, wrote a letter to legislators granting states consent to import drugs from Canada.

The last guideline launched by President Donald Trumps administration permits states to acquire drugs from Canada, which are often more affordable than drugs made in the U.S. because the countrys laws put a cap on just how much drugmakers can charge. States that have already looked for federal consent to import drugs from Canada include Florida, Colorado, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New Mexico.

The FDA and HHS will now allow importation of prescription drugs from Canada, a move the White House says will bring Americans cost savings for their medications.

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The administrations last rule states that “such importation poses no extra risk to public security and results in lower costs to American patients.”.

The American pharmaceutical industry has historically opposed importing drugs from other countries, as drugmakers often argue such practices would disrupt the nations supply chain and generate fake drugs.