HHS Issues Rule for Importation of Prescription Drugs

“We believe this proposed rule is a potentially effective tool to implement the laws that several states have now enacted to make certain drugs more affordable,” David Certner, AARP’s legislative counsel and legislative policy director for government affairs, said in a March letter to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D. Certner’s letter commenting on the proposed rule called on the Trump administration to make other proposals “to help lower drug prices and ensure access to needed medications.” In addition, the letter strongly urged the federal government “to continue working with Congress towards the enactment of meaningful prescription drug legislation that will lower drug prices and out-of-pocket costs.”

The final regulation will allow specific drugs to be imported, as long as they meet federal standards for safety and saving money. Though the rule goes into effect in 60 days, HHS officials could not say when actual importation plans

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