Since taking office, Governor Ron DeSantis has prioritized lowering the cost of prescription drugs for Floridians. In 2019, the Florida Legislature passed several pieces of legislation, including Florida’s Canadian Drug Importation Program, to reform Florida’s health care market by increasing transparency, empowering patients, and reducing costs. Florida’s Canadian Drug Importation Program will improve access to essential medications to vulnerable citizens and potentially save the state between $80 to $150 million in the first year alone.
“In Florida, we’ve led the nation in creating a program to lower prescription drug costs through their importation from Canada,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “With the issuance of this new executive order directing the FDA to work with states, I expect no further delay in the approval of Florida’s plan to import safe and effective prescription drugs. While Big Pharma and federal bureaucracy have continued to stand in the way, it’s past time Florida taxpayers realized savings on these drugs.”
Within 90 days of approval by the FDA, the Agency for Health Care Administration will finally be able to physically import prescriptions drugs, ensure customs inspections are complete and proper testing has taken place, and then fulfill state agency orders. The state will begin by providing prescription drugs in a small number of drug classes, which will include maintenance medications to help individuals that have chronic health conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and mental illness. These drugs will be for individuals who are under the care of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Department of Corrections (FDC), and Department of Health (DOH).
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