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Canada on Saturday blocked bulk exports of prescription drugs if they would create a shortage at home, in response to outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump's efforts to allow...



The Canadian measure went into effect on Friday, just days before a U.S. “Importation Prescription Drugs” rule that would eventually allow licensed U.S. pharmacists or wholesalers to import in bulk certain prescription drugs intended for the Canadian market.


Neither the White House nor the Department of Health and Human Services had an immediate response to a request for comment.


Trump touted the plan in his first debate with President-elect Joe Biden, who has also said during his campaign that he would set up a similar import plan to try to reduce prescription drug costs for Americans.


Canada has the balls to negotiate for these drugs on a national scale, and the US wants to then just take the drugs rather than force the drug companies to lower prices. Both Trump and Biden supported this hack job of a drug price fix.

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7 minutes ago, CitizenVectron said:


It does suck for Americans, but the solution is to have American governments enact national drug negotiations, not allow others to do it and then try and take the drugs (thus depriving them from the other country's people).


Yeah, that's the disappointing part. That we don't tackle this national problem on a national level. And Biden is just A-OK with it. 

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8 minutes ago, Keyser_Soze said:

People just like Canadian medicine because it sounds clean but you can get perfectly good cheap medicine and medical care south of the border as well!

I’ve gotten prescription drugs before from Mexico. In the box from the manufacturer, too, for a tenth of the price.

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If the plan is to import huge amounts of drugs because someone else negotiated a good deal on them, surely the solution would be to negotiate a similar deal and not have to deal with importing anything. 




Obviously the roadblock to that is dealing with big pharma lobbying efforts, but I don't get this stupid plan was able to go this far when the real solution would presumably put them in a similar, and likely better position.



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