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Published On: Wed, Feb 20th, 2019

Florida Gov. DeSantis wants to import prescription drugs from Canada

During a speech today at the Central Florida retirement community, The Villages, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his commitment to create a prescription drug importation program for Florida. This program will offer access to FDA-approved prescription drugs that have been imported from Canada, allowing the drugs to be sold to Floridians at a much lower cost.

Ron DeSantis

“One of the biggest drivers of this country’s out of control healthcare spending is the cost of prescription drugs,” said Governor DeSantis. “While our prices remain high, our neighbors in Canada are spending significantly less for the same drugs. These price disparities are indefensible and inexcusable and I am ready to act. I thank Speaker Oliva for prioritizing this issue and look forward to working with him to reduce the prices of these drugs for Floridians that depend on them.”

The Medicare Modernization Act was passed 16 years ago, which allows U.S. wholesalers and pharmacists to import prescription drugs from Canada, but only if the federal Department of Health and Human services authorizes it – which it has refused to do.

DeSantis will work in conjunction with the Trump Administration and the Florida Legislature to create this program as quickly as possible while taking the necessary steps to ensure the appropriate regulatory protections are in place.

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