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The focus will be on temporarily bringing in cheaper similar or identical drugs to introduce competition into the U.S. market. (Photo: Shutterstock)

It came as something of a surprise when Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced that the administration was exploring the importation of prescription drugs to fight high domestic prices. Azar and Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, who also endorsed the new proposal, had previously opposed the idea.

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