White House asks court to dismiss lawsuit over drug imports


FILE – In this Saturday, May 8, 2021, file photo, Gov. Ron DeSantis, of Florida, watches the foursome matches during the Walker Cup golf tournament, in Juno Beach, Fla. DeSantis is pushing the Biden administration to approve a program he says would save tens of millions of dollars by importing drugs from Canada. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Biden administration is urging a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit that could stand in the way of states like Florida allowing prescriptions drugs to be imported from Canada.

The administration is arguing that the lawsuit filed on behalf of U.S. pharmaceutical companies was premature because the federal government has yet to approve any importation programs.

Florida and other states argue that allowing federally approved drugs to be imported from Canada would save Americans millions of dollars. But the lawsuit raises concerns about safety and costs.

The administration’s legal filing Friday came on the same day Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called on the federal government to approve its drug importation application.

Read the full story on the Associated Press’ website.

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