STAT+: States still can’t import drugs from Canada. Now, many are seeking to import Canadian prices

WASHINGTON — For years, former President Trump threatened to use foreign prices as a cap for what Americans should pay for drugs. Now that he’s left office without implementing the controversial proposal, states are picking up where his administration left off.

An array of lawmakers in Hawaii, North Dakota, Maine, Oklahoma, and other states are hoping they can make a version of the Trump administration plan, which focused on Medicare prices, work at the state level. Unlike that proposal and a similar bill from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), however, several of the state efforts could potentially become law in 2021.

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