The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system to allow Americans to legally import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar made the announcement Wednesday morning. Previous administrations had sided with the pharmaceutical industry about importing prescription drugs with concerns that it could expose patients to risks from counterfeit or substandard medications.
Azar said U.S. patients will be able to import medications safely and effectively, with oversight from the Food and Drug Administration. The administration’s proposal would allow states, wholesalers, and pharmacists to get FDA approval to import certain medications that are also available here. It’s unclear how soon this will take effect.