Ensure Consumer Choice in the Purchase of Prescription Drugs

Last updated: Feb 11, 2014

Details about this bill
Category: Pharmacy Related
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator Doug Thomas, Senate 27 - Cumberland County
Session: 126
Bill #: LD 449

Position:

Opposed. Another one of the CanaRx bills similar to LD 171.

UPDATE 2/11/14: The bill has been released to the Senate with the Unanimous Ought Not to Pass vote. It is dead.

UPDATE 1/10/14: The LCRED Committee voted unanimously Ought Not to Pass. However, the committee is holding the bill to see if there is resolution to the federal court case which RAM is a plaintiff in. The Senate committee chair commented that "he may want a vehicle" to further address the issue.

UPDATE 5/17/13: This bill has been carried over to 2014. This is disappointing given that LD 171 was passed by committee. If LD 171 fails, they will have the opportunity to address this issue again next year. We remain adamantly opposed to the measures.

UPDATE 5/10/13: This bill remains tabled in LCRED.

UPDATE 3/17/13: We testified in strong opposition to the bill. See our testimony.

Summary:

This bill clarifies and affirms the ability of Maine consumers to purchase mail order prescription drugs from licensed pharmacies that are located in certain nations specified under federal law.