Trump administration puts forward plan for prescription drug imports

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WASHINGTON D.C. (WEHT) – The Trump administration is announcing a new rule aimed at making prescription drugs cheaper by allowing the importation of prescription drugs from other countries.

While some groups applaud the move, over the weekend Senator Bernie Sanders made a show of buying less expensive insulin at a Canadian drug store.

Many American resort to sketchy online pharmacies in search of cheaper prescription drugs of all kinds.

Now, the Trump administration said it wants to make importing some Canadian drugs easier and safer.

“This is not about personal information. This is not about buying drugs over the internet,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

Azar said the plan will provide two ways to import prescriptions.

“The first would allow states, pharmacies, and wholesale distributors to come in with plans of how they could basically bring drugs in,” said Azar.

The second would allow pharmaceutical companies to import their own drugs but skip middlemen.

Leigh Purvis with the AARP applauds the plan, which would allow for importing drugs only from US government-approved manufacturers.

“There is certainly a potential for some very high savings if this were to go into effect,” Purvis said.

Critics said that last year Secretary Azar called the idea a gimmick.

Joelle Walker form the Canadian Pharmacists Association said she’s not sure Azar’s plan will work.

“Canada’s drug supply is not in a position to support a country that is 10 times our size,” Walker said.

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(This story was originally published on August 1, 2019)

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