Maine Pharmacy Association

2017 Scholarship Golf Scramble

Join us for our 2017 Scholarship Golf Scramble ! Where: Val Halla Country Club When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 Shotgun start 1pm Includes 18 holes of golf on a championship course, golf cart, BBQ dinner at Rachel’s on the Green! Cost: Single Golfer: $110.00 Foursome: $400.00 Dinner Only: $35.00 Corporate or personal hole sponsorship: $75 […]

Pharmacists from across Maine convene in Augusta to advocate for profession and patients

Pharmacists and pharmacy students from across the state convened in Augusta on May 30th to advocate for LD 572.   Update: Senate passes LD 572; now on to the House!  LD 572 specifies in statute that the “Practice of Pharmacy” is “the provision of health care services” and that “Pharmacists” are “providers of health care services”. […]

LD6 and LD44 Are Successfully Moving Through the Legislative Process

Good news!!  Two bills, LD 6, an “An Act to Prohibit Insurance Carriers from Retroactively Reducing Payment on Clean Claims Submitted by Pharmacies” and LD 455, “An Act Relating to the Provision of Smoking Cessation Services by Pharmacists” are moving through the legislature process. LD 6, an “An Act to Prohibit Insurance Carriers from Retroactively Reducing Payment on […]

Achievement Award Nominations

MPA would like your assistance in nominating persons worthy of these honors to be recognized at the Sesquicentennial Awards Ceremony at the Holiday Inn By the Bay, October 13-15, 2017.  To nominate a person, please complete the nomination form and submit by June 1, 2016. MPA Award Nomination Form **NEW** Douglas H. Kay Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award Sponsored […]

IMPORTANT Augusta Legislative Update – Time to Advocate!

NOW is the time to advocate for your profession!  Details about how YOU can get involved are outlined below. I’m delighted to report that a date for a public hearing has been set for LD 572, An Act to Amend the Laws Governing the Practice of Pharmacy, and LD 456, An Act to Increase Access to […]

Which of these “Lipitor 10 mg” tablets is authentic and which is counterfeit?  (Answer at the bottom of this page)


Even with enlarged images directly side by side, it’s difficult if not impossible to tell the difference.  Counterfeiters nowadays use very sophisticated means to produce their products.

Despite our best efforts to educate lawmakers about the real public health risks of illegal Rx drug importation, the Maine 126th legislature passed a bill, LD 171, which allows an unlicensed “entity” (e.g., a broker in another country) to import Rx drugs from Canada, UK and Northern Ireland, Australia or New Zealand into Maine.  This “entity” is “exempt from licensure” and thus any regulatory oversight.  This new law does not provide patients in Maine with any recourse if a counterfeit or adulterated prescription drug is shipped to their home.  The scope of this new law could even include controlled, addictive Rx drugs.  Patients lives are at risk.

Licensed pharmacists and licensed pharmacy technicians who live and work in communities throughout Maine must take action now.  Join MPA at our Fall Convention in Bangor, Maine, to found out how you can get involved.  Protect our communities and protect your profession before it’s too late.

The “Lipitor 10mg” tablet on the left is counterfeit.