If you suffer from acid reflux, your doctor may prescribe Nexium. But at $9 a pill, the price is enough to give you a worse case of heartburn.
That’s the price in the U.S. If you live in Canada, though, you can get the drug for less than a $1 a pill.
This price disparity leads many politicians to think the solution is obvious: Americans should just buy drugs from Canada or other countries where they are cheaper.
Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John McCain (R-Az.) have twice introduced legislation to allow Americans to order up to a 90-day supply of medicines from a licensed Canadian pharmacy. And Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have made importing drugs from Canada part of their platform for reducing the cost of healthcare.