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Health & FitCanadians worried by plan to let Americans import drugs

22:30  01 august  2019
22:30  01 august  2019 Source:   ap.org

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OTTAWA (AP) — A U.S. plan to let Americans legally import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada is causing concern among Canadians that it could cause shortages of some medications.

Canadians worried by plan to let Americans import drugs© Robert Kneschke / EyeEm/Getty Images

The chairman of a patient's group known as the Best Medicines Coalition calls the U.S. plan a "clear and present danger" to the health and well-being of Canadians."

John Adams told The Canadian Press that Canada's supply isn't always sufficient to meet local demand, let alone a sudden surge in demand from south of the border.

Diabetes Canada and other organizations which signed a letter urging the Canadian government to safeguard the country's drug supply.

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The Trump administration said Wednesday it will create a way for Americans to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada, reversing years of refusals by health authorities.

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