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 active ingredients used in US drugs come from abroad.
Second, states and their consumers can reap large savings by paying Canadian prices. For example, Lyrica costs $6.04 in the United States and 63 cents in Canada, Xarelto cost $12.44 here compared to Canada’s $2.11 price, and Eliquis costs $6.21 compared to $1.60 north of the border.
Third, the federal government can authorize importation if is safe and saves consumers money. NASHP’s Drug Policy Center has crafted model legislation and clarified the steps state policymakers could take to initiate drug importation.