Biden aims for Canadian prescription imports in new drug price executive order

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President Joe Biden will direct the Food and Drug Administration to work with states on developing a plan to import cheaper versions of prescription drugs from Canada, a controversial move that fizzled under the Trump administration.

Biden’s sweeping executive order on "Promoting Competition in the American Economy," which will be signed on Friday afternoon, includes several regulatory efforts to lower drug prices and “directs the Food and Drug Administration to work with states and tribes to safely import prescription drugs from Canada, pursuant to the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003.”

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Before the Biden administration, President Donald Trump championed drug importation from Canada despite fierce opposition from pharmaceutical lobbying group PhRMA, which objected on the grounds that the move posed health risks to consumers. Members of the GOP have cited the same concerns. PhRMA filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services in 2020 to block the Trump administration’s policy to allow states to submit drug importation plans for federal approval. The Biden administration moved to dismiss the suit in the federal court in Washington, D.C., in May, but the motion has not been decided on by the judge.

Trump’s proposal, first announced in the summer of 2019 and included in a July 2020 package of executive orders, attracted the support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis produced a plan for the state to import medicines from Canada in February 2019, announcing at the time that Trump was “enthusiastic” about the proposal and would take “necessary executive actions to make sure that we can act” through the prescription drug program as part of Medicare, the government healthcare program for seniors.

Biden’s plan to work with states to devise importation plans will require the FDA to work with drug manufacturers to assure that the medications sold to foreign countries abide by FDA regulations to be sold in the U.S. Canada has less expensive drugs than the U.S. because it has a government-funded healthcare system that negotiates drug prices.

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Biden’s order, which will have to go through rounds of rule-making, also includes other measures to increase competition among drugmakers. It would also make hearing aids available over the counter.

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Original Author: Cassidy Morrison

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