AUGUSTA (AP) — A federal judge says that a Maine law that allows residents to import prescription drugs from foreign countries through the mail violates federal law.

The law is aimed at lowering the cost of prescription medications. But the Maine Pharmacy Association, Retail Association of Maine and others argued in their lawsuit that allowing people to import prescriptions would put residents’ health at risk.

U.S. Chief District Judge Nancy Torrensen made her ruling Monday.

Tim Feeley, a spokesman for Attorney General Janet Mills, said her office will review the ruling and decide on the next steps. He says federal officials should reexamine their policies on prescription drug importation.

The Maine Retail Association said in a statement that it expects foreign companies to abide by the ruling and cease sending drugs into Maine.

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