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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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Aug 23, 2021 - Health

Biden calls on public, private sectors to "step up" vaccine requirements

Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty Images

President Biden on Monday called on public and private entities to "step up" coronavirus vaccine mandates hours after the Food and Drugs Administration granted full approval to the Pfizer vaccine.

Why it matters: The U.S. has seen a recent boost in vaccinations, reaching six million shots in the last seven days, according to Biden. "This is critical progress, but we need to move faster," he said in a brief address.

Updated 20 mins ago - Science

Blizzard likely to hit New England this weekend as "bomb cyclone" forms

Computer model projection of the precipitation and wind field from the weekend storm in the Northeast. (Earth.nullschool.net)

A powerful blizzard is likely to strike parts of New England and the Mid-Atlantic beginning Friday and lasting into the weekend, with snow totals that are likely to be measured in feet.

The big picture: The joining of weather systems embedded in both the polar, or northern branch, of the jet stream and the southern branch is projected to create a bomb cyclone. Such storms undergo a process known as bombogenesis, with their minimum central air pressure readings plunging at least 24 millibars in 24 hours.

Schumer vows to confirm Breyer replacement "with all deliberate speed"

Chuck Schumer. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer responded Wednesday to reports that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will retire, commending his time on the bench and promising to confirm President Biden's nominated replacement "with all deliberate speed."

Why it matters: The opportunity to appoint a new Supreme Court justice will be one of the longest-lasting pieces of Biden's legacy and could energize Democrats ahead of the midterms.