Increase Access to Safe and Affordable Prescription Drugs

Last updated: Jun 5, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: Pharmacy Related
Status: Carried Over
Sponsor: Senator Troy Jackson, Senate 35 - York County
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 1387

Position:

Opposed.

UPDATE: This bill has been carried over to 2020.

Summary:

Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the importation of unapproved new prescription drugs, including foreign-made versions of prescription drugs that have been approved by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, is prohibited. However, the Food and Drug Administration has developed guidance that allows the personal importation of certain drugs.

This bill, using the guidance developed by the federal Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, enacts the Maine Pharmaceutical Drug Safety Act to allow an individual in Maine to import prescription drugs from Canada as long as specific criteria are met, including that the drug is imported for personal use, that the individual importing the drug has a valid prescription, that the drug does not present an unreasonable risk to the individual and that no more than a 90-day supply of the drug is imported. The prescription drug to be imported must also meet specific requirements. The importation of controlled substances and prescription drugs for sale or resale is specifically prohibited.