DeSantis wants to import prescription drugs from Canada to Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to cut health care costs in Florida by creating a program that imports cheaper, FDA-approved drugs from Canada.

DeSantis said on Wednesday he will work with President Donald Trump on creation of the program, which would require approval from the Trump administration.

“I spoke personally to President Trump on both Sunday and Monday about this,” DeSantis told a crowd at the huge Central Florida retirement community called The Villages. “He’s not only supportive, he’s enthusiastic.”

DeSantis said his administration is working on keeping regulations — and taxes — down for Florida businesses.

But a program cannot be created unless the secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services certifies to Congress that the imports don’t threaten the health and safety of the American public, and would also reduce costs. Such a certification has not happened.