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|
|Cited Statutes:||Me. Rev. Stat. tit. 32, §§ 2417(4-A), 2600, 3300|
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.