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Drug import program with Canada could take longer than expected

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Drug import program with Canada could take longer than expected

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Drug import program with Canada could take longer than expected

Governor Ron DeSantis says it might take some time before Florida patients can get prescription drugs from Canada through a program he announced last week. That’s because some federal agencies are still concerned with the availability and quality of these drugs. DeSantis wants to use the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 which would allow Canadian wholesalers and pharmacies to import drugs to Florida at a lower cost. [Source: ]

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Children without health insurance on rise in Florida

Florida’s overall uninsured rate for children is at 7.3 percent while the national average sits at 5 percent. But the number of uninsured children nationally also increased from 3.649 million in 2016 to 3.925 million last year, the first time in nearly a decade the numbers have increased. [Source: Daytona Beach News-Journal]

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The seventh annual Lake Nona Impact Forum, an invite-only gathering of more than 200 company executives, entrepreneurs and policy experts, placed a heavy emphasis on wellbeing this year while highlighting innovation and inspiring stories of people who have dedicated their lives to fighting diseases of the body and mind. [Source: ]

Florida dentists can qualify for student loan repayments if they agree to work in underserved areas

A House health-care panel has moved forward with a bill that would allow Florida dentists to qualify for up to 250 thousand dollars in student-loan repayments if they agree to work in public-health programs or underserved areas. [Source: ]

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