US Vermont becomes first state to allow imported drugs from Canada

21:20  16 may  2018
21:20  16 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Six of those states are considering bills that would allow drugs to be imported from Canada , where they cost an average 30 per cent less than in the United States . One is liberal Vermont , where lawmakers have revived a nearly 2-decade old proposal.

Six of those states are considering bills that would allow drugs to be imported from Canada , where they cost an average 30 percent less than in the United States . One is liberal Vermont , where lawmakers have revived a nearly 2-decade old proposal.

  Vermont becomes first state to allow imported drugs from Canada © Provided by The Hill

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) on Wednesday signed a law permitting the import of prescription drugs from Canada into the state.

Proponents of the law, which has been opposed by President Trump's health officials as well as pharmaceutical companies, believe it will help fight rising drug prices. It was widely supported in Vermont's Democratic-controlled state legislature.

The law must still be certified by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The move puts the state at odds with the Trump administration. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday that the idea of importing drugs from another country is a "gimmick."

Pharmaceutical groups have also criticized such plans, with the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America maintaining that drugs from other countries do not necessarily meet the U.S. safety standards and could "taint our medical supply."

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) proposed a similar law last year.

This breaking news story will be updated shortly.

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