Utah lawmakers question prescription drug pricing, talk importation from Canada | KSL

Dr. Marc Babitz, deputy director at the health department, told lawmakers that Canadian importation would mean a lot of new responsibilities for Utah, including possible creation of an agency or office to oversee, administer and distribute imported drugs. He also said the state would have to prove there is a market for it, that enough people would save enough money.

“We have to show that the price the consumer gets in Utah is significantly lower than before,” he said.

Utah officials, Babitz continued, would have to find a wholesaler to bring the drugs across the border but also audit the process to ensure safety. Additionally, the drugs would have to be repackaged according to FDA standards.

“All these middlemen would have to be put in place … and it is hard to know whether that will result in savings,” he said.

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