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    Vermont becomes the first state to permit drugs from Canada

    Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott Wednesday signed legislation making his state the first to legalize importing prescription drugs from Canada, an idea President Donald Trump's top health officials oppose that's also drawn fierce opposition from the pharmaceutical industry.

    Its enactment also puts the Trump administration in a bind after the rollout of a highly anticipated plan for tackling rising drug costs. HHS still has to certify Vermont’s program. Trump previously backed the idea of importing drugs from Canada, but his top health appointees have been critical of the practice. HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday said any process to import drugs from other countries is a "gimmick."

    "The United States has the safest regulatory system in the world. The last thing we need is open borders for unsafe drugs in search of savings that cannot be safely achieved," Azar, a former top executive at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, said. "You can’t improve competition and choice in our drug markets with gimmicks like these — you have to boost competition and price transparency."

    The Vermont bill was modeled on legislation drafted by the National Academy for State Health Policy, a nonpartisan group that has convened state officials to come up with ideas for addressing rising drug costs. It would create a wholesale importation program to purchase high-cost drugs in Canada, where they often sell for less.

    In a statement, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll said it was “highly irresponsible” for Vermont legislators to promote an idea the trade group argues will create more avenues for counterfeit drugs in the midst of the opioid epidemic.

    “Patient safety must be our top priority, and our public policies should reinforce — not undermine — that commitment,” Carroll said.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...-canada-546107
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    Yea!

    1 down and 49 to go!

    Big Pharma is not gonna like this.

    Not at all.

    Let the lawsuits commence!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    Yea!

    1 down and 49 to go!

    Big Pharma is not gonna like this.

    Not at all.

    Let the lawsuits commence!
    You do realize, do you not, that Trump could put a QUICK STOP to this, by simply having the HHS REFUSE to certify it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott Wednesday signed legislation making his state the first to legalize importing prescription drugs from Canada, an idea President Donald Trump's top health officials oppose that's also drawn fierce opposition from the pharmaceutical industry.

    Its enactment also puts the Trump administration in a bind after the rollout of a highly anticipated plan for tackling rising drug costs. HHS still has to certify Vermont’s program. Trump previously backed the idea of importing drugs from Canada, but his top health appointees have been critical of the practice. HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday said any process to import drugs from other countries is a "gimmick."

    "The United States has the safest regulatory system in the world. The last thing we need is open borders for unsafe drugs in search of savings that cannot be safely achieved," Azar, a former top executive at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, said. "You can’t improve competition and choice in our drug markets with gimmicks like these — you have to boost competition and price transparency."

    The Vermont bill was modeled on legislation drafted by the National Academy for State Health Policy, a nonpartisan group that has convened state officials to come up with ideas for addressing rising drug costs. It would create a wholesale importation program to purchase high-cost drugs in Canada, where they often sell for less.

    In a statement, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America spokeswoman Caitlin Carroll said it was “highly irresponsible” for Vermont legislators to promote an idea the trade group argues will create more avenues for counterfeit drugs in the midst of the opioid epidemic.

    “Patient safety must be our top priority, and our public policies should reinforce — not undermine — that commitment,” Carroll said.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...-canada-546107
    I really don't see how a state would possess constitutional authority to make it legal at all.

    They absolutely should do this of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    "The United States has the safest regulatory system in the world. The last thing we need is open borders for unsafe drugs in search of savings that cannot be safely achieved," Azar, a former top executive at pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, said. "You can’t improve competition and choice in our drug markets with gimmicks like these — you have to boost competition and price transparency."

    Frankly, I trust Canada's drug regulatory regime more than I trust our own, so long as we have an anti-regulation party in control of all three branches of our federal government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by publius3 View Post
    I really don't see how a state would possess constitutional authority to make it legal at all.

    They absolutely should do this of course.
    I agree a state does not have this authority, as the power to regulate international commerce is delegated to Congress.

    I wish it did, though. Big Pharma has a pretty much unbreakable cartel, and I have no problem with importing foreign-made drugs of the type already approved by the FDA anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Frankly, I trust Canada's drug regulatory regime more than I trust our own, so long as we have an anti-regulation party in control of all three branches of our federal government.
    Some things to think about...

    Fact: 80 percent of U.S. pharmaceuticals made with overseas ingredients, nearly half produced in foreign facilities never inspected by FDA
    Big Pharma advocates (the few that exist outside the corrupt government structure and the drug industry itself) regularly defend the industry with claims that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains strict regulatory protocols that ensure safety. But a new report reveals that not only are most drug ingredients sourced from unregulated foreign sources, but nearly half of all drug production facilities are located overseas, most of which have never been inspected by FDA.

    Issued by the US Government Accountability Office, the new report says up to 40 percent of all pharmaceuticals sold in the US are actually manufactured overseas in countries like India and China. A whopping 80 percent of all ingredients used to manufacture drugs, including those manufactured in the US, reportedly come from overseas as well. And the FDA has inspected a mere 11 percent of all foreign drug manufacturing facilities, as opposed to the 40 percent it has inspected domestically.

    As of 2007, there were an estimated 152 registered drug manufacturing facilities in Canada, 299 in Indian, and 566 in China, which together total 1,017 facilities. However, FDA has only conducted 368 inspections among these countries and their drug manufacturing facilities, which means 649 facilities have never received an inspection. And if these 368 inspections include multiple inspections at the same facility, then that number is even lower.

    This is all shocking news, of course, considering the volume of drugs that is now produced overseas. The common over-the-counter (OTC) pain drug aspirin, for instance, is almost entirely produced in China. The acid reflux drug Prilosec (omeprazole), is also manufactured primarily in Puerto Rico and India, according to the report.

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