Prescription drugs on the agenda as Lt. Gov. Nuñez meets with Canadians in Miami

Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez,
Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez enjoying Inauguration Day, January 2019.

Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez visited the Canadian consulate in Miami Monday afternoon, where the topics of discussion likely included the DeSantis administration’s plan to import cheaper pharmaceutical drugs available on the Canadian market.

The consulate is among a number that Nuñez has been visiting, DeSantis communications director Helen Aguirre Ferré said via email. “I am certain they will discuss issues of mutual interests including prescription drugs,” she said.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation authorizing the pharmaceuticals import scheme approved during the Legislature’s spring regular session and has thumped the tub to promote the enterprise. The Trump administration announced in July that it was open to the idea, but proponents still must erect a regulatory framework and persuade the Canadians to go along.

In August, state officials sent the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services a “concept paper” describing how the scheme might work.

The Canadians pay lower drug prices because their government negotiates with the pharmaceutical companies.

Nuñez has become a chief cheerleader for the import plan and attended the ceremony when DeSantis signed the legislation in June.

“The exorbitant cost of prescription drugs is a tremendous problem in this country’s health care spending, and I am honored to be part of an administration facing this problem head on,” she said at the time.