Canada is protecting its country from Americans getting cheaper medication.
Canada on Saturday blocked bulk exports of prescription drugs if they would create a shortage at home, in response to outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump’s efforts to allow imports from Canada to lower some drug prices for Americans.
“Certain drugs intended for the Canadian market are prohibited from being distributed for consumption outside of Canada if that sale would cause or worsen a drug shortage,” Health Minister Patty Hajdu said in a statement.
“Companies will now also be required to provide information to assess existing or potential shortages, when requested, and within 24 hours if there is a serious or imminent health risk,” the statement said.
The Canadian measure went into effect on Friday, just days before a U.S. “Importation Prescription Drugs” rule that would eventually allow licensed U.S. pharmacists or wholesalers to import in bulk certain prescription drugs intended for the Canadian market.
This might make it appears as though Canadian trade policy is written by big pharmaceutical companies. Actually, however, Canadians are just extremely moral people, and they will always work to stop the bad orange man and all of his twisted schemes.
If fighting the orange man means crippling the American people with extravagantly priced prescription drugs, then that is a price that the Canadian government is willing to pay to do the right thing.
I’m sure that if Joe Biden takes over, the Canadians will allow diseased Americans to get the drugs they need at prices they can afford. If they don’t, however, it is still the fault of Donald Trump.
Maybe, Joe Biden will even start regulating the pharmaceutical companies, and prevent them from exploiting a captive consumer population by charging them multiples of the actual price of the drug. However, if Joe Biden doesn’t ever get around to doing that, it is only because he is too busy unraveling the dastardly deeds of the orange man.
Besides, if we have socialized medicine, it won’t matter how much these drugs cost! In that case, everyone wins!