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Vermont Proposal to Import Drugs from Canada Could Come with Negative Consequences

Whatever Vermont and the federal government end up deciding, Vermonters, and perhaps all Americans, will have to live with the consequences.

By NTK Staff | 06.20.2018 @8:00am
Vermont Proposal to Import Drugs from Canada Could Come with Negative Consequences

Recently, Vermont became the first state in America to approve the legal importation of prescription drugs from Canada in an effort to reduce costs.

Vermont’s governor has signed the bill into law, but the state still has to design a workable program to safely buy the drugs and prove to the FDA that their plan can meet U.S. Government standards.

Even so, many are critical of Vermont’s plan and its potential pitfalls.

As Rick Amato writes in PJ Media, HHS Secretary Alex Azar has raised concern over unsafe drugs coming from Canada:

“…Not only is Vermont’s new bill illegal under federal law, but if it could be implemented, it would end just as badly as Vermont’s single-payer fiasco.

‘The United States has the safest regulatory system in the world. The last thing we need is open borders for unsafe drugs in search of savings that cannot be safely achieved,’ Health and Human Services (HHS) Sec. Alex Azar said in response to the Vermont bill. Azar happens to be the official who would need to approve a request by Vermont to open the floodgates to cheap Canadian drugs under federal law. Looks like that’s not going to happen.”

Beyond drug safety, Amato points out another less obvious side effect. The potential export in illicit opiates from Canada that could worsen the crisis in America:

“However, the more serious flaw is the dramatic increase in the amount of drugs coming across the border in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Don’t be fooled by how (somewhat annoyingly) polite they are: Canada has seriously increased its illegal drug trade in the last few years. It’s starting to rival hockey as an export.”

As Amato points out, a former FBI director recently worried that importing drugs from Canada would make America’s drug supply vulnerable to criminals.

“A frequent concern expressed by senior law enforcement officials is that legalizing the drug trade between the U.S. and Canada will utterly overwhelm enforcement efforts that are already pushed to the limit.

“Importation proposals would force law enforcement agencies to make tough prioritization decisions that leave the safety of the U.S. prescription drug supply vulnerable to criminals seeking to harm patients,” Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, said recently, for example.”

Whatever Vermont and the federal government end up deciding, Vermonters, and perhaps all Americans, will have to live with the consequences.

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