Increase Access to Low-cost Prescription Drugs

Last updated: Jun 25, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Pharmacy Related
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Senator Troy Jackson, Senate 35 - York County
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1272



UPDATE: This bill has been signed into law:

UPDATE: This bill has been taken from the Special Appropriations table and sent to Governor Mills for action.

UPDATE: The committee clarified that Maine can collaborate with other states and passed the bill Ought to Pass as Amended by a 10-1 vote


This bill establishes a wholesale importation program for prescription drugs from Canada by or on behalf of the State in order to provide cost savings to consumers. The bill requires the Department of Health and Human Services to design the program through rulemaking by January 1, 2020. The rules are designated as major substantive and must be submitted to the Legislature for final approval. The bill also specifies that the program may not be implemented until the State has received federal approval and certification. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to apply for federal approval no later than May 1, 2020.