ANNOUNCEMENT 24 Jun 2019
The governor of Maine signed into law a bill may facilitate the importation of medicines from Canada.
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On June 24, 2019 the governor of Maine signed into law a bill (LD #1272) that establishes a wholesale importation program for prescription drugs from Canada by or on behalf of the state. The bill provides in part that, “The Department of Health and Human Services, in consultation with appropriate federal and other state agencies, other states and interested parties, shall design” a program that would “designate a state agency to become a licensed drug wholesaler or to contract with a licensed drug wholesaler in order to seek federal certification and approval … to import safe prescription drugs and provide cost savings to consumers in the State.” It would use “prescription drug suppliers in Canada regulated under the laws of Canada or of one or more Canadian provinces, or both,” and would require “that only prescription drugs meeting the federal Food and Drug Administration's safety, effectiveness and other standards are imported by or on behalf of the State.” It further provides that, “The Department of Health and Human Services shall submit a request for approval and certification of the program to the United States Department of Health and Human Services no later than May 1, 2020.”