WASHINGTON — Canadians are furious about the Trump administration’s plan to import their prescription drugs. And some of them are determined to stop the proposal in its tracks. 

Trump’s plan, which was announced late last month, would allow states, wholesalers, and pharmacies to import cheaper drugs from Canada. It’s a long way off from being implemented, but Canadians are baffled that America would look north to lower its own drug prices, and indignant that such a plan could exacerbate an already pressing drug shortage issue plaguing the country. 

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  • I’m wondering if President Trump has made this offer to Canada due to big Pharma in the US is refusing to lower their drug prices. Maybe his message is, “we will find another way to save people money on their meds”, since our own Pharma companies refuse to do it!?
    I’m betting this is why he has sent this request.

    • It is CDN, Europe, and Japan who are freaking out. Finally, a USA president with the SPINE to demand that USA subsidization of others END .. NOW.

      OweBama (D) did not. GWB did not. Slick Willie (D) did not.

    • Like with Trump you make (false) declarative statements hoping someone will actually believe you.

      You can’t read history, can you? Harry Truman jacked up the steel industry. Ditto, JFK. The current president is doing the same.

      Duh.

  • Maybe the US government could simply negotiate for lower prices directly with drug companies like everyone else does. What a novel idea instead of this work around. Just do it.

    • @Urko, news flash: POTUS does not have the statutory authority to determine who pays what. Full stop.

      Like with Trump you make (false) declarative statements hoping someone will actually believe you.

      You’d be well-served to remember what Twain is alleged to have said about opening one’s mouth and removing all doubt as to one seeming a fool.

    • Maureen,
      The High Drug Prices are directly caused partially by big Pharma, but 95% caused by the PBM’s… Any one who is in the pharmacy business knows that. If the PBM’s were treated
      like credit card companies like the way it used to be, the government would save $100
      BILLION dollars a year ! But our beloved president Trump pussyed out to the PBM’s and
      backed off on going after the PBM’s. I imagine a couple of 100 million dollar donation could do that. After all whats 100 million dollars when your showing 60 BILLION dollars profit. …..
      A QUARTER !!!!!!!! Can you imagine theses bastards got to the highest office in this country,
      and they got what they wanted because el presidente is all about the money !!!!
      Why do you think the guy working under Alex Azar just resigned ? I’ll tell you…. because he knew that the drug rebates and the PBM’s were the right thing to go after… But if it’s not Trump’s way…… IT’s THE HIGHWAY !!!!!! Maybe Jerko… or is it Yurko will learn something from this little comment !!!!!!

    • The High Drug Prices are directly caused partially by big Pharma, but 95% caused by the PBM’s…

      Blah, blah, blah. I’m paying $0.00 for generic Lipitor at Mejier, with a retail cost of $3/dose. Duh.

      You know nothing. Way to go. You’re stuck on zero.

    • As the law stands, the US government cannot directly negotiate with drug companies with the exception if federal prisons and then VA. The MMA of 2003 specifically included a non interference clause that stipulates that the secretary of HHS :“may not interfere with the negotiations between drug manufacturers and pharmacies and PDP sponsors, and may not require a particular formulary or institute a price structure for the reimbursement of covered part D drugs.” Congress would have to pass a law enabling direct negotiations with drug companies.

    • All this B.S. about “gub-mint” and “public options” .. Sweet God in Heaven, with the USA military, govt workers, and Medicare/Medicaid .. USA medicine is 90% directly/indirectly controlled by WashDC. Wow, what a great effect. Not.

      USA has been subsidizing global medicine for decades. That ends. Now.

    • Exactly. Trump is playing ‘cute’. He’s afraid to demand pharmaceutical companies in the US stop bleeding our citizens, fearful of making enemies of his wealthy friends. So as an election ploy, just to say he has done something about high drug prices, he’s attempting to take advantage of Canada…again.

    • So as an election ploy, just to say he has done something about high drug prices, he’s attempting to take advantage of Canada…again.

      Hey, who has PAID for CDN’s nuclear umbrella defense for 50+ YEARS?? And Europe’s? And Japan’s?

      CDN has leeched off USA medical spending for 50+ years. That is over. Now. Period.

    • Try doing the math. USA is 1,000% bigger than CDN .. 1MM Americans would immediately cripple CDN’s supply chain.

      The John McCain crew pushed this nutty idea for 15 years. Zero comprehension of Econ 101, demand v. supply.

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