AUGUSTA – With prescription drug prices soaring nationwide, Maine’s lawmakers have come up with three different bills to get Mainers affordable medication.
One bill presented Wednesday would allow Mainers to import cheaper prescription drugs from Canada, as long as specific criteria are met.
Another bill would create a wholesale importation program for the drugs from Canada by or for the state of Maine.
The third bill would create the Maine Prescription Drug Affordability Board to determine the validity of pricing for some prescription drugs.
The sponsor of one of the bills said they all have the same goal.
“I think the overall thing is the prices of drugs are too damn high in this state and in this country,” said Senate President Troy Jackson (D – Allagash). “The greed of the pharmaceutical industry is making it harder and harder to have those prescription drugs and what we’re trying to do is get out of that.”
The bills are expected to hit the Senate and House for final votes within the next couple of weeks.