Vermont to submit in-process drug importation plan to feds

Published: Nov. 26, 2019 at 11:06 AM EST
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With the rising cost of pharmaceuticals in Vermont and around the country, officials are looking to save people money by allowing them to import drugs from Canada.

The Trump administration has been working on a way for states to import prescription drugs from Canada at a discounted rate.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott and state health care officials want to submit an application to the feds next summer that could serve as a blueprint for the rest of the country on how to import prescription drugs.

If all goes according to plan, Vermonters will be able to import drugs like insulin at a discounted price.

"While Vermont is small and our ability to impact pharmaceutical drug prices may be limited, I think it's important to do what we can and do it in a public way because our small size cuts both ways. It also allows us to be nimble and, coupled with our close proximity to Canada, allows us to be a leader on this policy," said Scott, R-Vermont.

The state of Florida is working on a similar effort. But in Vermont, any commercial or Medicaid payer can participate.