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Get the latest coverage of the 2021 Florida legislative session in Tallahassee from our coverage partners and WUSF.

DeSantis Seeks Money for Prescription Drug Importation Plan

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The $15 million requested by DeSantis would come on top of $10 million the Legislature has already directed toward establishing an importation program, which also was championed by former House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes.

Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to push to import lower-cost drugs from Canada and included $15 million in his proposed 2021-2022 budget for an importation program.

DeSantis released the proposed $96.6 billion budget on Thursday, as lawmakers prepare to negotiate a spending plan during the upcoming legislative session.

Florida in November submitted a proposal to the federal government to establish a drug-importation program.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the Partnership for Safe Medicines and the Council for Affordable Health Coverage immediately challenged the plan.

The $15 million requested by DeSantis would come on top of $10 million the Legislature has already directed toward establishing an importation program, which also was championed by former House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami Lakes.

The Legislature passed a bill in 2019 giving the state the green light to move ahead with importation efforts.

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