AirTalk for October 11, 2013

Maine becomes first state in nation to allow prescription drug imports; should California follow?

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Should California follow in Maine’s footsteps and sanction mail-order purchases of drugs from Canada or Mexico?

Maine became the first state in the country to enact a law that lets residents purchase mail-order drugs from some pharmacies in Canada, the U.K., New Zealand and Australia. Michael Brennan, mayor of Portland, the largest city in Maine, told the Wall Street Journal that the practice saved the city  over $3 million between 2004 and 2012 for employees’ drugs.

But a lawsuit filed by a major pharmaceutical trade group along with several Maine pharmacy organizations  claim that the law could expose consumers to tainted or counterfeit meds. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration prohibits the import of drugs by any means, but rarely goes after consumers for violating the ban.

Should California follow in Maine’s footsteps and sanction mail-order purchases of drugs from Canada or Mexico? Do you support such a move if it cuts down on your prescription drug costs? Would you be concerned about safety issues?

Guests:

Sharon Treat, a member of the Maine House of Representatives and a supporter of the bill

Kenneth Mccall, Associate Professor at the University of New England College of Pharmacy and President of the Maine Pharmacy Association 


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