To Tame Prescription Prices, HHS Dips A Toe Into Drug Importation Stream image

Kaiser Health News, August 1, 2018
Rachel Bluth, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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This isn’t the first time officials have suggested importing drugs from other countries to find better prices. Bills have been offered in Congress to allow it, and George W. Bush administration officials investigated the issue and produced two reports questioning the safety of such efforts in 2004.

Overall, the measure is by no means a silver bullet to the larger problem of rising drug prices, said Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

“It’s a really smart move to solve one of the many drug pricing problems we observe, but, of course, it won’t address every problem,” Sachs said.

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