Florida’s Drug Importation Plan Is A Bipartisan Blunder

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It’s not every day that President Joe Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis agree. But that’s exactly what happened this month, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration green-lit Florida’s request to import certain prescription drugs from Canada, where they’re cheaper.

“Canada has the same drugs. They’re like 25 cents on the dollar,” DeSantis said after the FDA approved his plan. “If I can get 25 cents on the dollar, I can save $100 million, $200 million in Florida.”

It’s hardly that simple. Importing drugs from Canada is a logistical boondoggle that won’t deliver the savings its proponents promise.

Eight other states have proposed similar importation plans. Colorado’s is under review by the FDA, while the agency recently rejected New Hampshire’s and Vermont’s. Texas, North Dakota, and Wisconsin are among the other states pushing importation plans.

Click to read the full article in Forbes.

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