A new KFF policy watch explains some of the hurdles the state of Florida still must clear before it can implement its novel plan to make some prescription drugs more affordable by importing them from Canada.
Florida’s plan represents the first time the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted authority for a state to safely import prescription drugs from another country. However, the state must take some additional steps to move forward with the program and may face other challenges that could delay or even block implementation:
Beyond implementation challenges, KFF experts unpack other questions related to Florida’s plan, including who will benefit from any savings and what types of drugs will (and will not) qualify for importation. Some of the most expensive drugs, such as biologics, are ineligible for importation.
KFF polling has consistently shown that high prescription drug costs are a concern for the American public and there is strong bipartisan support for many measures to make medications more affordable, including allowing the importation of drugs from Canada.
To see other data and analyses related to efforts to address prescription drug costs, visit kff.org.