Americans Are After Our Drugs Again

November 2, 2020

In the latest MLI paper, “Americans Are After Our Drugs Again: Why and What Can We Do About It?” author Brian Ferguson argues that the resurgence of the notion of drug re-importation is something that should greatly concern Canadians.

As Ferguson explains, drug reimportation schemes usually envision individual states making large bulk purchases from Canadian suppliers. Such action would require approval from Washington to permit bulk importation nationally. This would significantly disrupt the Canadian supply of pharmaceuticals, given the sheer size of American markets. A widely cited study estimated that if 20 percent of US prescriptions were filled from Canadian re-imports, the Canadian supply would be exhausted in 155 days.