The Trump administration recently proposed two rules that would allow states, pharmacies and drug wholesalers to import non-FDA approved medicines from Canada.
No administration, Republican or Democratic, has ever allowed Canadian drug importation — and for good reason. First, experts agree that such a scheme wouldn’t reduce by one penny the co-pay of a single American. Second, it would expose Americans to dangerous counterfeit medicines.
Fortunately, these rules haven’t been finalized. The Department of Health and Human Services and the FDA are accepting comments on the proposals until March 9. Patients and pharmacists can help stop these misguided importation schemes by flooding HHS and the FDA with comments that tell the truth rather than pander to political talking points.