United States drug importation laws
In contrast to other Western countries, the United States maintains a de jure ban on the importation of drugs, regardless of legality or FDA approval status. However, such laws are often loosely enforced, and many pharmacies based in Canada, the United Kingdom, India, and other nations openly sell to American citizens.The most recent attempt to legalize drug importation came in the form of a bill in the United States Senate, which was defeated by a vote of 52-46. The bill, which would legalize the importation of drugs from Canada, was introduced by Democratic-aligned independent Bernie Sanders, gained the support of many Republican senators, including John McCain, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul. However, a number of Democrats, including Cory Booker, voted against the measure.