Drug Importation Is About Politics, Not Safety

After a 15-year hiatus, the effort to legalize, even encourage, the importation of prescription drugs has moved back to the public policy front-burner—with bipartisan support.

President Donald Trump, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, numerous politicians at all levels, and mostly left-leaning advocacy groups are backing the change.

But importing prescription drugs from Canada or other countries is no safer today than it was more than a decade ago when several states created illegal importation schemes—virtually all of which eventually shut down due to lack of interest.

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