Forget Canada, Florida has a home-grown fix for Rx prices

Florida Politics

March 5, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently pitched the idea of importing prescription drugs from Canada to help out Floridians getting raked over the coals during their monthly trip to the pharmacy.

It sounds like a fine plan on its face, but there’s a loaf of logistics that need to be ironed out before Canuck capsule can be doled out to Florida patients.

That’s not to say it couldn’t happen — the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has had the authority to allow importation from Canada for more than a decade — but it would take policy changes at the federal level in order to get the ball rolling.

And that’s something the Trump Administration isn’t exactly keen on doing.

Even if the seas parted and Canadian drugs started flowing to the Sunshine State, it may not produce the same savings as policy Florida can put in place without Washington’s help.  Continue Reading

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