States Are Using Drug Importation to Lower Costs and Provide Safe Access to Drugs

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just signed legislation that allows the state to import lower-cost prescription drugs. In a show of support, the Trump administration directed Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar to help Florida create its program. Colorado and Vermont have also enacted importation laws.

These state laws will be important test cases of how to legally permit safe importation of lower-cost prescription drugs by entities other than manufacturers or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Existing law permits both wholesale and personal importation of prescription drugs from Canada with the approval of the HHS Secretary. State and federal policymakers increasingly see importation as a way to improve market functioning through increased price competition.

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