Trump Working on Plan to Allow Prescription Drug Imports from Canada


U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says he and President Donald Trump are working on a plan to allow Americans to import lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada.

Azar made the comments Tuesday in an interview with CNBC.

As a candidate, Trump called for allowing Americans to import prescription drugs from abroad, and recently he's backed a Florida law allowing state residents to gain access to medications from Canada.

Azar told CNBC he had just gotten off the phone with the president and they were discussing a plan that would allow Americans to safely and effectively import prescriptions from Canada.

Azar didn't elaborate, but HHS says both are very open to the importation of prescription drugs as long as it can be done safely and can deliver results for patients.

The comments come days after U.S. Senator and presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders came to Windsor to highlight the price difference for between Canada and the U.S. for prescription drugs like insulin.

He noted that it costs $32 in Canada compared to $340 in the U.S for the exact same vial.