Administration to release a plan soon that allows states to import drugs from Canada, Trump says

Administration to release a plan soon that allows states to import drugs from Canada, Trump says

President Donald Trump stated on Friday that his administration would soon be unveiling a proposal to allow states to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada.
It’s hard to know exactly how the proposal has changed since a draft was issued in July by the Department of Health and Human Services. Governments, wholesalers and pharmacists serve as intermediaries for customers, according to the description — a proposal for secure importation of drugs already available in the United States would be drafted. The groups would then present the proposal for approval to the Food and Drug Administration.
According to the FDA, importation of drugs from other countries for private use is illegal in most situations.
The proposal is opposed by Canadian health officials and by the pharmaceutical industry. Former Canadian Minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, said Trump’s proposal threatens Canada’s drug supply and could raise Canadians ‘ prices.
The pharmaceutical industry has argued that the importation of prescription drugs could threaten the safety of consumers. Importing drugs have been said to increase the risk for falsified or adulterated goods.
In a statement Friday, the Ministry of Health of Canada stated that its current U.S. ambassador was in constant contact with the White House as well as HHS on the drug import plan.
America’s Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers acknowledged CNBC’s comment in July when its plan was first issued by the administration.
The plan’s supporters, including the hopeful Democratic presidential Sen. Bernie Sanders, say the tactics would raise competition and significantly lower prices. Trump also said Friday that he was willing to work with Democrats on a bill to lower prices of prescription drugs.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier this year that she expected to work with Trump on a bill to decrease drug prices even after launching an investigation into an impeachment. Trump accepted Pelosi’s attempt to distract voters.
Trump said Pelosi’s bill to lower drug prices in a tweet Friday, “doesn’t do the trick.”