Canadian drugs

DeSantis Announces Trump's Plan To Import Cheaper Canadian Drugs

Dec 18, 2019

Florida’s quest to start importing drugs from Canada got a boost Wednesday when the Trump administration announced it is moving ahead with a new rule and guidelines that could eventually allow the state to import prescription drugs to use in government-run programs.

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Florida sent federal officials a detailed plan for how the state proposes to safely import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries on Friday.

Drug Importation Plan Signed As Questions Remain

Jun 12, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis, acting on one of his top priorities during his first year in office, signed into law Tuesday a measure that gives the state the go-ahead to pursue approval to import prescription drugs from Canada and other countries. 

Senator Rick Scott sits at a Tampa at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce along with Chairman Jamie Harden.
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U.S. Senator, and former Florida Governor, Rick Scott met with health care professionals , local lawmakers and patients Monday morning at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce to discuss his efforts to make health care affordable.

The Trump Administration is supporting a request Florida lawmakers just passed to curb rising drug costs by allowing the state to important cheaper prescription drugs from outside the U.S.

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Florida legislators have passed a bill that would pave the way for residents to buy cheaper prescription drugs imported from Canada.

Major Health Bills Headed To DeSantis

Apr 30, 2019

After more than two decades of debate about the issue, the Florida Legislature on Monday approved eliminating the “certificate of need” regulatory program for hospitals and passed a high-profile measure aimed at importing prescription drugs from Canada. 

Canadian Drug Imports Could Get Go-Ahead

Apr 29, 2019

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to allow the state to import prescription drugs from Canada inched closer to passage Friday in the Senate. 

DeSantis Tries To Build Support For Drug Imports

Apr 9, 2019
A pharmacist looks at a shelving unit full of pill bottles.
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In a move that could suggest one of his top legislative priorities is encountering stiff resistance, Gov. Ron DeSantis took time Monday to defend his push to allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada. 

Floridians could gain access to cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other foreign countries under legislation approved by a state House committee Monday amid concern it could open the door to subpar and even dangerous medications. 

Gov. Ron DeSantis was criticized last year for not having a health care platform while he campaigned for the state’s top job.

An online pharmacy that bills itself as Canada's largest is expected to be fined $34 million Friday for importing counterfeit cancer drugs and other unapproved pharmaceuticals into the United States, a sentence that one advocacy group called too light for such a heinous crime.

Some cities, counties and school districts in Florida and around the country are helping their employees buy cheap prescription drugs from Canada and overseas.

The Food and Drug Administration last month sent criminal investigation agents with search warrants into nine storefronts across Central Florida that help customers order drugs from pharmacies in Canada and overseas at big discounts.