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Jan 09, 2019
 |  BC Extra  |  Politics & Policy

Bipartisan bill would allow drug imports from Canada

Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced legislation Wednesday that seeks to allow importation of drugs from approved pharmacies in Canada.

The bill, called the Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019, is intended to alleviate high costs of prescription drugs by bringing in cheaper options from Canada and increasing competition.

The two lawmakers have long championed drug importation. They, along with former Sen. John McCain, sent a letter in 2017 to then-HHS Secretary Tom Price recommending that HHS allow the targeted importation of off-patent drugs in response to price hikes (see "Senators Call for Targeted Drug Importation").

As Senate Finance Committee chairman, Grassley is in a position to decide which drug pricing legislation makes it to the floor of the Senate (see "Midterms Make Grassley Senate Gatekeeper for Pharma Bills").

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