Drug Importation Model Legislation and Toolkits
NASHP’s drug importation model legislation creates a state wholesale importation program to purchase lower-cost drugs from Canada and make them available to state residents through an existing supply chain that includes local pharmacies.
Model Prescription Drug Importation Legislation – “An Act to Permit the Wholesale Importation of Prescription Drugs into (State)”
Easy-to-understand Infographics explaining how drug importation works
An overview explaining of NASHP’s Model Importation Legislation
- Vermont’s Wholesale Importation Program for Prescription Drugs Legislative Report, December 2018, NASHP and a team of consultants, including FDAImports.com, LLC, provided staff support to Vermont’s effort, which concluded that significant savings would result from importation. Based on just 17 high-volume, high-cost drugs identified for two of the state’s three major carriers the savings from Canadian importation would be between $1 and $5 million annually.
- NASHP Worksheet for Payers #1: Determining Top 35 Prescription Drugs by Payer “Spend,” January 2019. This worksheet helps states prioritize which prescriptions drugs are candidates for wholesale importation from Canada by prompting payers to identify their top-spend drugs based on cost times utilization.
- NASHP Worksheet for Payers #2: Savings for Payers from Canadian Importation, January 2019. This worksheet builds on the top-spend drug list and allows payers to determine potential savings from wholesale importation from Canada.
- Press Release: NASHP Applauds Vermont for Taking Next Step in Prescription Drug Importation, January 2019. NASHP released a press release after Vermont published its report on wholesale importation in December 2018.
NASHP and its work group helps states advance legislation to contain prescription drug prices and tracks states efforts on its website. State officials who are interested in this model legislation have access to a legislator’s guide and additional background materials. Contact Jennifer Reck to receive this material for state officials-only.