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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced a formal but preliminary plan Wednesday to allow Americans to import certain lower-cost drugs from Canada.

The plan puts most of the onus on state governments, which would have to come up with a proposal for safe importation and submit it for federal approval. Wholesalers and pharmacies could also submit plans.


It’s the latest example of the Trump administration pursuing populist ideas for lowering prescription drugs — ideas that have traditionally been unpopular with drug makers and a large swath of the Republican Party.

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