An Act To Require Health Care Practitioners To Distribute Free Samples of Medication in Certain Circumstances
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA §1725 is enacted to read:
§ 1725. Distribution of free samples of medications
A health care practitioner, as defined in section 1711-C, subsection 1, paragraph F, who is authorized to prescribe medications under Title 32, chapter 117, shall provide free samples of medication to a patient prior to submitting to a pharmacy a prescription for the same medication in order to test the reaction of the patient and the effectiveness in treatment of the disease or condition of the patient if the health care practitioner:
This bill requires health care practitioners to distribute free samples of medication to a patient in order to test the reaction of the patient and the effectiveness in treatment of the patient's disease or condition. The requirement to distribute free samples depends on availability, appropriateness and timeliness.