AUGUSTA – A state committee has unanimously approved a plan for importing prescription drugs from Canada.
Tuesday’s vote comes after state lawmakers passed a law last year that would make selling imported wholesale prescription drugs legal.
The original bill’s sponsor, Senate President Troy Jackson (D – Allagash), said since Canada has price caps this would give Mainers a cheaper option for the same drugs.
“You know, we have too many people that are either going without or rationing their prescriptions and that’s just not how people should have to live in this country,” said Sen. Jackson.
Next the plan goes to the federal government for consideration before importation can begin.
A handful of other states have passed similar laws.