August 1, 2019
The pharmaceutical industry is already pushing back against a proposal the Trump administration announced Wednesday that would allow the importation of drugs from Canada and other countries.
“Lowering drug prices for many Americans – including our great seniors! At my direction, [the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and HHS Sec. Alex Azar] just released a Safe Importation Action Plan. Our Governors will be very happy too!” Trump wrote Wednesday on Twitter, tagging the accounts of Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic Colorado Gov. Jared Polis.
Lowering drug prices for many Americans – including our great seniors! At my direction, @HHSGov @SecAzar just released a Safe Importation Action Plan. Our Governors will be very happy too! @GovRonDeSantis @GovofCO https://t.co/VIxmZWgYM2
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2019
The plan would allow for two different methods to get drugs into the U.S. market, reported CNN. First, pharmacists and drug wholesalers could work with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test projects on how they would import drugs deemed safe by Health Canada.
Second, manufacturers could import cheaper version of drugs they already sell in other countries if they are able to work out contracts with other organizations along the drug supply chain, according to CNN.
This article was posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 3:20 am