This is the beginning of the end....at last. As a bioethicist, I am thrilled to see what Maine has done. Let the rest of the nation follow suit!
Maine Becomes First State to Allow Purchase of Mail-Order Drugs from Abroad — Physician’s First Watch
Maine Becomes First State to Allow Purchase of Mail-Order Drugs from Abroad
By Amy Orciari Herman
On Wednesday, Maine became the first state to allow the direct purchase of medications from foreign pharmacies, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Drug manufacturers have filed a lawsuit, saying the move puts consumers at risk for counterfeit or tainted products. Maine's governor counters, "It's not a safety issue. It's turf."
The potential for cost-savings is immense: The city of Portland has been using a Canadian broker to purchase medications for its employees for years, saving the city over $3 million between 2004 and 2012.
While the FDA forbids medication imports, consumers are rarely stopped from shopping abroad, the WSJ notes. The agency could not comment for the paper, given the current government shutdown.
Reader Comments (2)
While the risk of defective medications from foreign sources is real, it is also clear that the cost of medications in the US is out of sync with costs in other developed countries. A physician friend who works for a major respected pharmaceutical company pointed out that Americans are paying for medications for the rest of the world. It's time for the FDA to monitor less expensive medicines produced abroad for import so that Americans are not penalized.