Freedom of Information Act materials

PSM often files federal and state Freedom of Information requests with government agencies to dig into the subjects we research. We post the materials that we receive on this website. If you're keeping track, you can see all those posts here.

Florida’s final submission: November 2023 documents for its Canadian drug importation program

April 12, 2024

The state of Florida provided these FOIA-responsive documents to PSM for the state’s final and ultimately approved application to establish a Canadian drug importation program.

Map of Texas with prescription pill bottle to the left. The bottle a label with a maple leaf that's peeling away to reveal a skull and crossbones.

What medicines do U.S. states want to import from Canada’s drug supply?

January 30, 2024

What drugs have states said they plan to export from Canada’s drug supply? We combed all their applications to the FDA and compiled that list into one document.

NEW FOIA materials: Contracts with vendors for Florida’s and Colorado’s importation programs

January 17, 2024

PSM recently published contracts, some obtained via FOIA, with key vendors implementing Colorado’s and Florida’s Canadian drug importation plan. Read them here.

Map of Maine with a pill bottle displaying a maple leaf. As it peels away, the label shows a poison symbol

Maine’s Medicaid program analysis shows the truth: importing medicine from Canada would cost more, not less.

December 1, 2020

In an analysis of 50 prospective drugs, Maine’s Medicaid program found that it would lose nearly a million additional dollars ($927,983.28, to be exact) importing these drugs from Canada. How can this be? For many reasons, Canada is not the land of cheap drugs people think it is.

Freedom Of Access Act Response From The State of Maine

April 29, 2020

In June 2019, the governor of Maine signed into law LD 1272, a bill that would allow the state to establish a wholesale Canadian prescription drug importation program. On April 13, 2020, the Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) filed a request to receive copies of all submitted responses to Maine’s Request for Comment (RFC) for…

Things we learned from sending a Freedom of Information Act request to Florida’s healthcare agency implementing importation

July 24, 2019

PSM filed comments recently with the state of Florida’s healthcare agency that’s attempting to make the mess of Canadian drug importation work after the legislature passed it without any serious scrutiny. After we filed comments, we subsequently filed a request to see who else filed comments and we’re left now with more questions than answers.…