Allow Pharmacists To Dispense an Emergency Supply of Chronic Maintenance Drugs

Last updated: Apr 9, 2022

Details about this bill
Category: Pharmacy Related
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Amy Roeder, House 125
Session: 130
Bill #: LD 1776



UPDATE 4/7/2022: This bill has been signed into law.

UPDATE 1/25/2022: The Committee amended the bill to allow for the option of rulemaking by the Maine Board of Pharmacy, require a pharmacist to notify the prescriber of the fill, and limiting the emergency fill to 30 days or the smallest package size (for certain prepackaged drugs). Committee voted unanimously in support of the bill.



Representative Roeder of Bangor would allow pharmacists to dispense an emergency supply of a chronic maintenance drug to a patient without a prescription if the pharmacist is unable to obtain authorization to refill the prescription from a health care provider and the pharmacist has a record of the prescription in the name of the patient, including the amount of the drug dispensed in the most recent prescription or the standard unit of dispensing the drug. (EMERGENCY)