PhRMA, pharmacists file suit to block Maine importation law

AstraZeneca commends our trade association, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), for joining in a lawsuit today challenging a new Maine law that allows for importation of medicines from certain foreign entities. The law, which is to take effect Oct. 9, allows licensed retail pharmacies in Australia, Canada, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom to export prescription medicines by mail or carrier to any resident of Maine for their personal use. PhRMA is joined in the federal lawsuit by the Maine Pharmacy Association, the Retail Association of Maine, the… Read More

DOJ settlement targets unlawful importation

Google agreed yesterday to forfeit $500 million for “allowing online Canadian pharmacies to place advertisements … targeting consumers in the United States, resulting in the unlawful importation of controlled and non-controlled prescription drugs into the United States.” The U.S. Department of Justice gets to the heart of the underlying issue in its news release: The importation of prescription drugs to consumers in the United States is almost always unlawful because the FDA cannot ensure the safety and effectiveness of foreign prescription drugs that are not FDA-approved because the drugs may not meet FDA’s… Read More