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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R). Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Biden administration filed a motion in federal court on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit looking to prevent the import of Canadian prescription drugs, which have lower prices because the country limits how much drugmakers can charge.

The state of play: By moving to toss the U.S. drug companies' lawsuit, the White House is siding with Florida and New Mexico, states that are applying to import Canadian prescriptions, Politico reports.

Details: The lawsuit, filed by the drug industry's lobbying trade association argues that allowing the imports presents "significant safety risks” and “would yield little to no savings for American consumers," per Politico.

  • The suit singles out opposition to a rule set by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Food and Drug Administration that allows states to import eligible prescription drugs. For the rule to be implemented, states must receive permission from the FDA.
  • The Biden administration is arguing that since the FDA has not given such authorization to any state, the rule has yet to be implemented and the pharmaceutical industry "is acting too soon with its legal challenge," Politico writes.

Flashback: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in 2019 signed a bill that created a pathway to allow the state to import Canadian drugs, claiming that it could save more than $150 million a year.

  • The Trump administration also allowed states to apply for federal permission to import prescription drugs from Canada.

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House Democrats attack GOP over drug pricing bill members also oppose

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

House Democrats are following the money in a series of new ads hitting Republican opponents of major drug price legislation — but the trail also leads back to their own members.

What's happening: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is accusing House Republicans of doing the bidding of drug industry donors by opposing the bill. Unremarked upon are the House Democrats who've also received money from the industry — and whose opposition is seen as potentially fatal to the legislation.

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Katie Ledecky wins gold in first women's 1500m freestyle

Team USA's Katie Ledecky celebrates after winning the final of the women's 1,500m freestyle swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on Wednesday. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images)

Katie Ledecky took home the Olympic gold medal in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle swimming race Tuesday evening, becoming the first female swimmer to win the newly added division. Team USA's Erica Sullivan won silver.

Of note: The Tokyo Games mark the first time that the long-distance race has been open to women, and Ledecky paid tribute to her predecessors after the race. "I just think of all the great U.S. swimmers who didn’t have a chance to swim that event," she said on NBC.

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Katie Ledecky celebrates with teammate Erica Sullivan after winning the women’s 1500m freestyle final. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

🚨: Katie Ledecky wins gold in first women's 1500m freestyle

🤸🏾‍♀️: Simone Biles pulls out of gymnastics team finals, citing her mental health

🎾: "This one sucks more than the others," Naomi Osaka says on upset loss

⚽️: USA women's soccer ties Australia, propelling them to the quarterfinals

🏊‍♀️: Teen swimmer Lydia Jacoby wins first U.S. women's Tokyo Games gold

👟: World Athletics president supports reviewing marijuana rules in doping

🏄‍♀️: American Carissa Moore wins first-ever women's Olympic gold in surfing

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