Drug importation

Trump Administration Advances Drug-Importation Plan

Aug 1, 2019
Various prescription drugs on a blue backdrop
News Service of Florida

In a move that could help Gov. Ron DeSantis carry out an ambitious effort to cut drug prices, President Donald Trump’s administration announced Wednesday a plan intended to make it easier for states like Florida to bring in prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. 

Next Steps Eyed On Importing Prescription Drugs

Jun 21, 2019
Prescription drugs on a shelf.
Daylina Miller/WUSF

A state pharmacy panel will meet next week to discuss additional steps Florida needs to take to establish a program to import prescription drugs from other countries. 

In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill last week that, if federal authorities give it their go-ahead — still a very big if — would allow his state to import prescription drugs from Canada. That makes Florida the third state to pass such a law, joining Vermont and Colorado. More such legislative attempts are in the works.

Drug Importation Plan Signed As Questions Remain

Jun 12, 2019
Pharmacy Technician amongst two shelves of prescription pills.
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis, acting on one of his top priorities during his first year in office, signed into law Tuesday a measure that gives the state the go-ahead to pursue approval to import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. 

Drug Importation Bill Goes To DeSantis

Jun 11, 2019
Prescription drugs on a shelf
Daylina Miller/WUSF

Gov. Ron DeSantis could be on the verge of signing a bill aimed at allowing cheaper imported prescription drugs from Canada.

DeSantis, who made the issue one of his priorities during this year’s legislative session, formally received the bill (HB 19) on Monday.

Drug Importation Fight Moves To Washington

May 8, 2019
Prescription drugs on a shelf
Daylina Miller/WUSF

The battle over whether to allow state programs and Floridians to have access to prescription drugs imported from Canada has already been waged in the Legislature, but it is now shifting from the halls of Tallahassee to Washington, D.C. 

Canadian Drug Imports Could Get Go-Ahead

Apr 29, 2019
Pharmacy Technician amongst two shelves of prescription pills.
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to allow the state to import prescription drugs from Canada inched closer to passage Friday in the Senate. 

Pharmacy Technician amongst two shelves of prescription pills.
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

A Senate health care panel ran out of time Thursday and was unable to consider a measure aimed at allowing imported prescription drugs from Canada.