Importation

Vermont First in the Nation to Approve Rx Drug Importation from Canada

Vermont is the first state  in the nation to approve importation of less-costly prescription drugs from Canada. For the first time in the United States, obtaining low-cost prescription drugs from Canada is one step closer to reality today following the Vermont state legislature’s landmark enactment of S.175. Vermont Gov. Philip Scott signed the bill into law on […]

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  • Four More States Submit Bills to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada
    State Health Policy Blog

    As states pursue a wide range of legislation to address rising drug costs, four more states have joined Utah and Vermont to introduce bills to import prescription drugs from Canada through a state-run, wholesale operation. This market-based approach to providing more affordable medicines from Canada, where prescription drugs cost on average 30 percent less than […]

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  • State Legislatures Start Out Strong in 2018 with Bills to Curb Rx Drug Costs
    State Health Policy Blog

    With the federal government continuing to take no action to curb drug costs, states legislatures across the country are intensifying their efforts in 2018 to staunch the financial hemorrhage to health care budgets caused by escalating prescription drug costs. Three weeks into 2018, 43 bills designed to rein in prescription drug costs have been introduced […]

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  • State Legislative Action on Pharmaceutical Prices
    Maps

    *Updated May 18, 2018* Find out the status of state legislation to rein in the cost of prescription drugs below. Search by the type of legislation using the category button or click on the map to view all drug cost bills in a particular state. Click here to view a 2018 chart listing legislation by state. […]

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  • Utah State Legislator Introduces Bill to Import Prescription Drugs from Canada, Based on NASHP Model Legislation

    Salt Lake City, Utah: Today, Republican state legislator Norman Thurston introduced groundbreaking legislation to create a safe, state-run prescription drug importation program that would import high-cost drugs from Canada, where prescription drugs cost 30 percent less than in the United States. The proposal for a whole-sale importation program of select, higher-cost drugs that are already […]

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  • Reining in Rx Drug Costs: What States Achieved in 2017 and Where They’re Heading in 2018
    State Health Policy Blog

    In a year of tense partisan debate over the future of health care, one issue has achieved rare bipartisan agreement — the need to curb rising prescription drug costs. Polls show again and again that Americans, regardless of political affiliation, view the high costs of drugs as one of their chief health care concerns. Reviews […]

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  • Is It Safe and Cost-Effective to Import Drugs from Canada?

    States are considering importing prescription drugs from Canada, but is it safe, will it save money, and can it be done? Three, easy-to-read infographics explain what state leaders need to know if they’re considering drug importation legislation. First, 40 percent of all drugs sold in the United States are already imported and 80 percent of […]

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  • Publications

    When states pass laws designed to control prescription drug costs, the pharmaceutical industry often responds with lawsuits claiming states are hindering interstate commerce and violating the federal Dormant Commerce Clause (DCC). NASHP’s legal experts believe states can craft drug cost policies that can withstand industry challenges. This brief by Anna Zaret and Darien Shankse provides insight and […]

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  • How States Can Avoid Dormant Commerce Clause Legal Challenges When Regulating Drug Costs
    State Health Policy Blog

    New state laws designed to control the costs of brand-name and generic prescription drugs often face legal challenges from the pharmaceutical industry. These lawsuits can vary depending on the individual state law, but recent industry lawsuits analyzed by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) share a common legal thread – drug manufacturers and […]

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  • Utah’s Norman Thurston Takes a Red State Approach to Lower Rx Costs with a Bill to Import Drugs from Canada
    State Health Policy Blog

    For more than a decade, Utah State Legislator and Director of the Office of Health Care Statistics Norman Thurston has worked to reform his state’s health care system, including its Medicaid program, and is considered one of the state’s “go-to” health care policymakers. Thurston, a Republican, has worked to reduce state spending on prescription drugs and […]

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