Measure allows use of CanaRX

AUGUSTA–Today in a 30-4 vote the Senate enacted a measure allowing Maine residents to obtain cheaper prescription drugs through an equivalent to Canada’s mail order prescription program known as CanaRX.

“People need to be able to access life-saving drugs at a reasonable price,” said Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, the sponsor of the bill. “This bill gives Mainers more options.”

This measure amends the Maine Pharmacy Act to authorize the licensing of international mail order pharmacies and the importation of prescription medications to residents of Maine.

Maine previously allowed participation in international mail order pharmacy plans, like CanaRX, until August 2012 when the Attorney General under the Republican-controlled legislature, William Schneider, ruled the plan was in violation of Maine law.

“I urge Governor LePage to sign this bill and stand with what’s in the best interest of Mainers,” said Senator Jackson.

The bill, LD 171, “An Act To Facilitate the Licensing of International Mail Order Prescription Pharmacies by the Maine Board of Pharmacy,” will now be sent to the Governor for his signature to become law.