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US Vermont becomes first state to allow imported drugs from Canada

21:20  16 may  2018
21:20  16 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Eight states proposed similar legislation this year, but Vermont ’s is the first to be signed into law. Specifically, the law lets a wholesaler in the United States import drugs from a wholesaler in Canada .

Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott Wednesday signed legislation making his state the first to legalize importing prescription drugs from Canada , an idea President Donald Trump's top health officials oppose that's also drawn fierce opposition from the pharmaceutical industry.

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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) on Wednesday signed a law permitting the import of prescription drugs from Canada into the state.

Proponents of the law, which has been opposed by President Trump's health officials as well as pharmaceutical companies, believe it will help fight rising drug prices. It was widely supported in Vermont's Democratic-controlled state legislature.

The law must still be certified by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The move puts the state at odds with the Trump administration. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said on Monday that the idea of importing drugs from another country is a "gimmick."

Pharmaceutical groups have also criticized such plans, with the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America maintaining that drugs from other countries do not necessarily meet the U.S. safety standards and could "taint our medical supply."

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) proposed a similar law last year.

This breaking news story will be updated shortly.

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