Legal Memorandum: Dispensing Contact Lenses by Mail in ME

Issue: Under the laws of Maine, may a contact lens manufacturer dispense contact lenses by mail either directly to the consumer or to the consumer’s physician?

Area of Law: Administrative Law, Administrative Law & Regulation (Federal and State)
Keywords: Contact lens manufacturer; Contact lens dispensing services by mail; License requirements
Jurisdiction: Maine
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 32, §§ 2417(4-A), 2600, 3300
Date: 02/01/2001

           Under Maine law, "[e]xcept in the case of a physician who has previously seen the wearer, a contact lens prescription may not be filled by mail, but must be filled by being personally dispensed to the contact lens wearer."  Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 32, §§ 2417(4-A), 2600, 3300 (Supp. 1992).  A manufacturer is obviously precluded from dispensing contact lenses directly to Maine consumers.  It appears, however, that a mail order placed by and delivered to the consumer’s physician would be permissible.


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