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Capitol Health Call
January 12, 2016

Senators Urge Authorizing Importation of Drugs

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JAMA. 2016;315(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.18244

Sen Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) and Sen John McCain (R, Ariz) have urged Sylvia Burwell, secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), to authorize increased importation of less expensive prescription drugs from Canada and possibly other countries.

“A wave of recent news reports has highlighted a troubling trend of sudden, exponential price increases for prescription drugs,” the senators wrote in their letter to Burwell in November (

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