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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  • It’s ok, Urko. Your small town must have been a nice place so others flocked there. No doubt that your departure also helped the town’s image.

    And all Trump has done is reinforce that insecure people always need to be followers and never leaders. Have a wonderful day – time to return to civil discourse so you’re on “ignore.”

    • This dog-fight retoric has to stop, it does not solve anything. We in the US need to indeed clean up the system, we are paying for “extra’s” (politicians’s votes) that other countries are not even allowed to get involved with. We pay more because there is a lot of money not going to patients but to rich influencers and the political campaigns. If we want to pay less we need to change our system. It seems to make sense in Canada and other nations.

    • R: you did NOT post your address .. are you a racist?

      Illegal aliens should be dropped here: 125 Broad St., NYC. It’s the USA HQ of the ACLU. Let them do some real work.

    • It seems to make sense in Canada and other nations.

      Canada is 87% WHITE. You think the USA should become like Canada? How white of you ..

  • “Many cases had proven Mexico and Canadian must obey to Trump or face down.”

    Hey, Einstein .. our small town had 0.3% Hispanic in 1990. After decades of chaos, it is now 8%. How’d that happen? Klingons drop them off?

    Duh.

  • “The reason Canada has substantially lower prices for prescription drugs is that Canada (like a lot of countries) regulates the prices.”

    That’s absolutely wrong. Pharm companies have global planning. USA has been been “the sap” in this for decades, under BHO, GWB, and Slick Willie. DJT says that is going to end. About time.

    • You are absolutely correct, Urko.

      Canadian drug prices are cheaper because Canada waits for US R&D, which Americans must pay for, and then steals the technology to make the drugs — without incurring the costs of developing them.

    • Anna – everyone pays for R & D, and it is minimalistic compared to what is spent in your US political system on all the corrupt entities (lobbyists, middlemen, PBM). Your high drug prices pay for your excess baggage INCLUDING huge sums that buy / sway your politicians !! The US needs to stop that corruption !

    • The US needs to stop that corruption !

      Stop the unions from lobbying? Sure. And pigs will fly, too.

  • The reason Canada has substantially lower prices for prescription drugs is that Canada (like a lot of countries) regulates the prices. Because the prices they can sell their drugs for in Canada (and a lot of other countries) are too low to adequately compensate the pharmaceutical companies for their development costs and provide a profit (I know, a bad word in Canada), the pharmaceutical companies charge much higher prices in the US. Bottom line is that US is subsidizing the low drug costs in Canada (and a lot of other countries).

    • The higher pricing in the US covers the huge costs of lobbyists, middlemen, PBMs. The amount of money spent on BUYING POLITICIANS is what makes drugs in the US more costly. In other countries that CORRUPTION is simply not allowed. So – the US is not subsidizing any other country or anyone else, but it is subsidizing its own fat cats – over the backs of the citizens that your corruptable politicians are supposed to serve.

    • The higher pricing in the US covers the huge costs of lobbyists, middlemen, PBMs.

      Prove it. Show your math. You can’t, and you know it.

  • Solving the problem of the high price of drugs in this country will never happen by importing drugs from Canada.
    This administration has been avoiding the real issue to the problem. This problem all started with Obamacare.
    This healthcare kustafuck left loopholes for the PBM’s to steal billions of dollars from every state,the federal government and every American, and from every client these PBM’s have. PBM’s are systematicly putting Independent Pharmacies , supermarket pharmacies and specialty pharmacies out of business. This is where the high price of drugs problem is! Period,end of story !! Until this government sees this and does something to change it, NOTHING will change !! All Mr. Trump cares about is winning the 2020 election! I guess PCMA gave his campagne a huge contribution !!!!!!

    • Urko …. You obviously have no clue about the pharmacy business and what part the PBM’s play in this cash cow of theirs . Why don’t you go to pbmwatch.com and learn something. Why would the Attorney General’s from 31 states be going after the PBM’s for fleecing this country? I guess they have nothing better to do……. Like you !!!!! Walk in my shoes for 1 day buddy !!!!!

    • Why would the Attorney General’s from 31 states be going after the PBM’s for fleecing this country?

      Chuckles (D), they are (D), and get paid for suing non-(D). Duh.

      You did not provide one number to prove your point. Grade: F

  • While I can rarely support any position associated with Trump, the importation of quality drugs at reasonable prices, from any country, makes good sense.

    The article opens with a Canadian professor objecting, which is his prerogative, but stating they are Canada’s drugs and, therefore, untouchable. Sorry, professor, no such ownership is understood, imputes, valid or even sensical. We live in a global economy, so contain your outrage and direct your outrage to your premier, instead of acting like Don Quixote.

    Our seniors and citizens have subsidized your cheap drug prices for years. Time for some equity.

    • Canada (a.k.a., “America, Jr.”) is claiming national sovereignty. Good luck, trying to force your will on them — they have guns, too.

    • I can’t find sensical in a dictionary. Can you help me out. It seems like it should be a word.

    • Well, @Urko is thinking that Canadians might go to guns over this issue – let’s be sure to tone down the rhetoric and ensure he’s on his meds, no matter their country of origination 😊.

      @Michael – if my comment’s only impact was to elucidate that “sensical” is, indeed, an actual word then so be it.

      Please see: https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/sensical.

      Peace to you and @Urko

    • R, you know nothing. Windsor is across from DETROIT.

      You don’t think CDN police there are NOT armed?

      LOL, ROTFL

    • “Our seniors and citizens have subsidized your cheap drug prices for years. Time for some equity.” ?????? Haha !! What you have subsidized through high prices is the fat cats : lobbyists, middlemen and PBMs . Vote for change that eliminates this abusive selfish lot, and no longer allows politicians to be corruptly bought !!

    • Vote for change that eliminates this abusive selfish lot, and no longer allows politicians to be corruptly bought !!

      Socialist BoyNee became a millionaire, with a lifetime of tearing down the greatest country on Earth. He’s not doing squat.

  • They should be furious. It’s a lazy, cowardly way of regulating American drug prices by importing Canada’s price-regulated medicines.

    • Canadians should be furious, but not for this reason. What will happen is that drug companies will leave Canadian market. They will only sell in the US where they could do that at whatever price they want. Cut off losses and focus on the market that allows some profit. What sane CEO would not love that?

    • “It’s a lazy, cowardly way of regulating American drug prices by importing Canada’s price-regulated medicines.”

      Did you ever take Econ 101? This is about demand and supply. CDN only has enough for its people, and have suckered the USA into subsidizing their costs. CDN is *never* going to allow more than 10000000s to import. Duh.

  • Love the Globe & Mail headline !! Indeed: Canada has done tonnes of legwork for affordable health care, with the higher taxes that all Canadians pay !! For a “friendly” neighbour to just leech off that work, without any notion of overhauling its own utterly corrupt “system” milked by fat lobbyists, PBMs, middlemen, etc. speaks of utterly despicable, selfish, disrespectful grab-and-go pluck-the-neighbour attitude. Instead of such short-term thinking (the US has a 10 times bigger population) that does not remotely solve the US problems: do your own royally overdue overhaul, where politicians can not be bought by pharma moneys, and clean up your politics !!!

    • As an American I agree wholeheartedly. Americans are selfishly refusing to pay more in taxes, refusing to hold politicians accountable for shamelessly taking drug company money, and thinking it is no big deal crossing the boarder to purchase drugs intended for Canadian citizens. Canada has a NHS because they believe every citizen is entitled to health care and are willing to pay the additional taxes to fund the care. Perhaps Americans should take a look at what they have compared to Canadians and rethink their decisions related to universal healthcare coverage so they don’t have to resort to stealing another country’s drugs! Americans are greedy thieves with with a notion false sense of entitlement!

    • U.S. Sen. “Spreading Bull” (D) attacked PPACA on med-devices.

      You think that is going to change, you need help. Now.

  • Are they protesting just because it was “Trumps Idea” if they Write the bill it better restrict Canadians from seeking medical care in the US. Protectionism is a two edge sword. We get most of our drugs from China and India now or they are Manufactured in the US. I’m not sure this would have a huge effect on the supply lines or inventory as the RX market is Global and they would just order more from somewhere else.

    • You misunderstand. Drug company’s give the US market a more expensive price. A manufacturer based in Canada was already importing drugs to the US and visa versa. The difference is they charge more for the US market along with packaging, etc. What they are banning is pharmacy’s buying drugs meant for the canadian market and selling them on the US market

    • Ger is correct. I will add; big pharma gets away with charging American’s higher prices because they line the pockets of politicians. The same politicians who could stand in their way, but choose not to do so because of their own greed.

    • “I’m not sure this would have a huge effect on the supply lines or inventory as the RX market is Global and they would just order more from somewhere else.”

      Absolutely wrong. Pharms are global. They only produce enough units, from their order books. More than 3M Americans, trying to buy pharms in CDN, would devastate the CDN supply chain.

      NYTimes editor once said 90% of posts were useless. This area has proven that theory.

  • It is time for the US to do to the pharmaceutical companies what insurance companies do to hospitals and physicians: impose a most favorable clause that says that the companies cannot charge more in the US than the lowest price they charge outside the US.

    • “Most favored Nation” clauses work only when you have the legislators willing to keep the hammer over the pharma company’s head. As in all matters Medical Services, be it in the USA or in Canada, you pay for what you get. The long-going narrative is Canadians (of means), in need of immediate care, will come to the USA, not the other way around. There is a crucial reason and without going into the economics or quality, let’s just say pharma has been driven from innovation from Countries that do not assess financial incentives. Manufactures are “forced” into pricing in Canada, or the patent will be broken. This Socialist Medicine of care and products serve to drive down costs for the Country, but not for the increased knowledge of care or medicine (other than the Country that is truly paying for it-the USA-cost of products and premiums). Where there is profits, there is innovation. If you look at the time for new medicines to get into Canada, the track is much longer and the ability to get those new therapies proven or not, sometimes fall by the wayside (there are a lot of medicines NOT available to Canadians). This is the typical myopia of need of the many versus the need of the few, the costs are more important than the pressure on progress. Approaching ALL Medical Care by percentage of household income spent in Canada versus the average spent by Americans is probably less (I don’t know), but innovation starts and ends where financial incentives compete for success in large or small markets. Canada, along with Europe and other nations have been capable of “riding the coat tails of the USAs willingness to meet the demands of higher costs, etc, without all who WANT and NEED these new innovations and the other nations not paying the (fair share) price for them. If history and trends are any measurement, two things can occur: 1. Nations around the world begin to pay their fair share of the cost of development of new products and care, or 2. The USA just won’t continue to pay the cost of new innovations and new care on its own and will dial it back to a point that NO ONE WINS and ALL LOSE. That should be the larger concern. Canada only makes/imports enough for their own citizens and really that is the governments job. The Canadian government is not there to support or guide the USA in drugs manufacturing, unless there would be a net positive for Canada. It’s that simple.

    • “a most favorable clause that says that the companies cannot charge more in the US than the lowest price they charge outside the US.”

      That is what DJT said. Congrats on repeating what DJT said.

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