Article by Dena Bunis, AARP
“The Trump administration Wednesday outlined a framework for allowing prescription drugs to be imported from Canada and other foreign countries, something that could help consumers better afford the medicines they need to stay healthy.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a two-pronged approach to importing cheaper drugs from abroad. The Safe Importation Action Plan does not include a specific timetable.
“This is the next important step in the Administration’s work to end foreign freeloading and put American patients first,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement. Azar has historically opposed allowing medications to be brought in from other countries, but this year the president directed him to work with Florida and other states on their plans for drug importation. A provision in the 2003 Medicare Part D prescription drug law already permits importing drugs under certain conditions, but HHS has never approved such a program.”