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BRIEF-HHS Announces New Action Plan To Lay Foundation For Safe Importation Of Certain Prescription Drugs

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July 31 (Reuters) - HHS :

* HHS ANNOUNCES NEW ACTION PLAN TO LAY FOUNDATION FOR SAFE IMPORTATION OF CERTAIN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

* HHS SAYS THE ACTION PLAN OUTLINES THE GOVERNMENTS INTENTION TO PURSUE TWO PATHWAYS TO ALLOW SAFE DRUG IMPORTATION FROM FOREIGN MARKETS

* HHS SAYS THROUGH GUIDANCE, FDA TO GIVE RECOMMENDATIONS TO MANUFACTURERS OF FDA-APPROVED DRUGS WHO SEEK TO IMPORT INTO U.S. VERSIONS OF THOSE DRUGS THEY SELL IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES

* HHS SAYS MANUFACTURERS WOULD USE NEW NDC FOR IMPORTED PRODUCTS, POTENTIALLY ALLOWING THEM TO OFFER A LOWER PRICE

* HHS - NPRM PROPOSES HHS, FDA TO RELY ON AUTHORITY UNDER FEDERAL LAW TO AUTHORIZE PILOT PROJECTS BY STATES TO IMPORT VERSIONS OF FDA-APPROVED DRUGS FROM CANADA