THE VILLAGES, Fla. - Gov. Ron DeSantis came to The Villages on Wednesday afternoon to announce a plan to lower the costs of prescription drugs in Florida.
DeSantis said he is working with President Donald Trump to import FDA-approved drugs from Canada, saying the same prescription drugs people buy in Florida are up to 75 percent cheaper north of the border.
"I've heard day in and day out from people who had to pay an awful lot of money for prescription medication. It's also one of the leading drivers of cost for businesses and small businesses," DeSantis said to a room full of seniors.
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DeSantis said his plan is legal under a 2003 law called the Medicare Modernization Act, but he said health and human service leaders have denied the law over the last 16 years and refused prescription drug imports.
DeSantis said he plans to make his plan a reality as soon as possible.
The price disparities for these drugs are indefensible and inexcusable. In conjunction with the Trump Administration and the Florida Legislature, I will work to create this program as quickly as possible while ensuring the appropriate regulatory protections are in place.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 20, 2019
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