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Friday, June 21, 2013
Maine Votes In Favor Importing Drugs From Foreign Pharmacies 2 Posted 6/21/2013 at 7:50 AM by Ed Silverman
After months of debate over access to affordable medicines, the Maine legislature overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bill that will allow state residents to purchase prescription drugs from mail-order pharmacies in Canada, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. The bill now goes to the governor.
Known as the ‘Act to Facilitate the Personal Importation of Prescription Drugs From International Mail-Order Pharmacies,’ the bill was introduced after the former attorney general last summer banned Maine businesses from purchasing drugs from mail-order pharmacies, claiming state law was being violated.
The move put an end to buying less expensive meds from brokers over the Canadian border. But many state employees of the state, as well as the city of Portland and one large company, claimed they had saved some $10 million through Internet purchases over several years.