Vital Signs newsletter: Pingree aims to allow consumers buy Canadian Rx drugs

After a judge overturned Maine’s first-in-the-nation law allowing residents to import prescription drugs, calls went out for a federal fix. Prices for both brand name and generic medications continue to rise, leaving many consumers looking north to Canada for relief.

In Maine alone, sales of medications at retail pharmacies totaled more than $1.5 billion in 2014. That’s billion, with a “b.”

This week, U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree sponsored legislation that would allow U.S. residents to mail-order up to 90 days worth of medication, dispensed by a licensed pharmacist from an approved Canadian pharmacy. But pharmacy groups and drug makers argue that would jeopardize the safety of the nation’s prescription drug supply and open the door to counterfeit and tainted medications.

Pingree makes bid to allow US consumers to buy meds from Canada

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Jackie Farwell

About Jackie Farwell

I'm the health editor for the Bangor Daily News, a Bangor native, a UMaine grad, and a weekend crossword warrior. I never get sick of writing about Maine people, geeking out over health care data, and finding new ways to help you stay well. I live in Gorham with my husband Nick and our hound dog Riley.