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Maine gets tough on Canada Health Solutions online pharmacy

The Maine Board of Pharmacy has directed the state’s attorney general to formally investigate and to send a cease-and-desist letter to the company behind it, an Internet pharmacy network referred to as Canada Health Solutions. Last week, the board unanimously agreed that violates state law by marketing low-cost prescription drugs to residents.

The move follows a complaint that the Maine Pharmacy Association president Kenneth McCall filed earlier this year over the website, after he doubted its legitimacy and made a test order, later discovering firsthand that prescription drugs from the “Canadian” Internet pharmacy were manufactured in India, Turkey, and Mauritius. Board of Pharmacy chairman Joseph Bruno, also the head of a chain of pharmacies in southern Maine, said the board will continue to target illicit Internet pharmacies and acknowledged that there could be thousands of similar companies violating state law. “When we are made aware of a violation, we will go after them,” Bruno said. An attorney for Canada Health Solutions, John Myers, attended last week’s board meeting over in Maine, but he declined to comment after repeated requests from a reporter covering the board’s decision.

We applaud the Maine Board of Pharmacy’s decision to take action against Internet pharmacies that operate without a license and ship drugs directly to patients from outside the United States, and note that is indeed the tip of the iceberg for such online pharmacies.