The governor of Florida wants to import prescription drugs from Canada

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    The governor of Florida wants to import prescription drugs from Canada The governor of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, speaks on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, during an event at the Freedom Tower in Miami, Florida (USA). EFE / Archive

     Miami ,. The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, pledged on Wednesday to create a program that allows the importation of prescription drugs to this state from Canada, in order to reduce health costs for citizens.

    DeSantis said the idea is to offer prescription drugs approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in order to offer remedies “at a much lower cost,” according to a statement from his office. .

    During an event at The Villages, a retirement center for seniors in northwest Orlando, in the center of the state, the governor said that prescription drugs are among the “biggest drivers of health care spending” and works with the Federal Administration and the State Legislature to put the program in motion as soon as possible.

    “While our prices remain high, our neighbors in Canada are spending significantly less for the same drugs, and these price disparities are indefensible and inexcusable,” said DeSantis.

    Before the attendees at the event, the governor said he has spoken about the program with US President Donald Trump, and “not only supports, is enthusiastic,” he said.

    The US Congress In 2003, it approved a Medicare modernization law that allowed pharmaceutical wholesalers to import prescription drugs as long as authorized by the Department of Health and Human Services, which has not yet happened.

    “The governor believes that 16 years since the approval of that law is long enough,” the statement from his office adds.

    According to DeSantis, Trump has assured him that he is working to reverse the continuous denials that this federal agency gives to states that have tried to import prescription drugs from Canada, a country that imposes restrictions on the prices that pharmaceutical companies can charge. (EFEUSA) .-

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