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Gov. DeSantis looks to Canada for Prescription Drug Imports

Fred Lippman

Fred Lippman, R.Ph., Ed.D.

Governor Ron DeSantis wants to import FDA approved prescription drugs from Canada in order to lower medication costs.  DeSantis said “Now the biggest hurdle is paying for the health insurance, and a lot of it is … because of the prescription drugs.”

Fred Lippman, chancellor of the Nova Southeastern University Health Professions Division, said the governor’s proposal is “a very interesting concept” that has the “potential to reduce the cost of vitally needed medications.”

Lippman, a Democratic member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1978 to 1998, thinks the idea would be politically well received by lawmakers, but with a big caveat. “I believe it would be relatively favorably looked at by the House and the Senate, but I’m sure the drug industry will look on it with great disfavor.”

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