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DHHS shared guidance documents for e-prescribing and opioid dispensing

DHHS shared guidance documents for e-prescribing and opioid dispensing.  Notably, “A pharmacist is NOT required to verify that a practitioner has a waiver of the requirement to electronically prescribe…” To review the official documents, please click on the links below. Electronic-Prescribing-Clarifications Opioid Dispensing Clarification    

E-Prescribing Grace Period Notice and Chapter 488 User Guide

The deadline for mandatory e-prescribing of opioids was rapidly approaching on July 1st. However, the State sent the following communication announcing a 31 day grace period for enforcement of the penalties for violating the e-prescribing provision.  This is good news and will give prescribers and dispensers a little more time to prepare. DHHS provided material on other provisions in Chapter […]

2017 Scholarship Golf Scramble

Join us for our 2017 Scholarship Golf Scramble ! Where: Val Halla Country Club When: Saturday, August 12, 2017 Shotgun start 1pm Includes 18 holes of golf on a championship course, golf cart, BBQ dinner at Rachel’s on the Green! Cost: Single Golfer: $110.00 Foursome: $400.00 Dinner Only: $35.00 Corporate or personal hole sponsorship: $75 […]

Pharmacists from across Maine convene in Augusta to advocate for profession and patients

Pharmacists and pharmacy students from across the state convened in Augusta on May 30th to advocate for LD 572.   Update: Senate passes LD 572; now on to the House!  LD 572 specifies in statute that the “Practice of Pharmacy” is “the provision of health care services” and that “Pharmacists” are “providers of health care services”. […]

LD6 and LD44 Are Successfully Moving Through the Legislative Process

Good news!!  Two bills, LD 6, an “An Act to Prohibit Insurance Carriers from Retroactively Reducing Payment on Clean Claims Submitted by Pharmacies” and LD 455, “An Act Relating to the Provision of Smoking Cessation Services by Pharmacists” are moving through the legislature process. LD 6, an “An Act to Prohibit Insurance Carriers from Retroactively Reducing Payment on […]

Archive for April, 2011

We monitored these bills and concurred with other interested parties that, if passed, vaccination rates would decline in Maine.
April 5th 1pm – Ought Not to Pass
(L.D. 694)            Bill “An Act To Encourage Transparency in Disclosing the Ingredients in Vaccinations for Children to Parents and Guardians” (HP0523) (Presented by Representative BOLAND of Sanford) (Cosponsored by Senator PLOWMAN of Penobscot, Senator PATRICK of Oxford, Representative DION of Portland, Representative ESPLING of New Gloucester, Representative GUERIN of Glenburn, Representative HARLOW of Portland, Representative MORRISON of South Portland, Representative O’CONNOR of Berwick)
April 5th 1pm – Ought Not to Pass
(L.D. 941)            Bill “An Act To Prohibit Mandatory Immunizations” (SP0287) (Presented by Senator THOMAS of Somerset) (Cosponsored by Representative CEBRA of Naples, Representative JOHNSON of Greenville, Representative MALABY of Hancock, Representative O’CONNOR of Berwick, Representative SANDERSON of Chelsea, Representative SIROCKI of Scarborough)

Pseudoephedrine by Rx Only Bill Defeated

I enjoy having good news for Maine pharmacists/pharmacies. 
I am pleased to report that during the work session on LD774, an “Act to Allow Access to Pseudoephedrine
by Prescription Only”, the Health & Human Services Committee voted unanimously to kill this well-intended
but mis-guided legislation.
The legislative agenda continues to grow every day with our pharmacy legislative group monitoring upcoming
bills that would allow for reimbursement of Medication Therapy Management (MTM) practiced by Maine
pharmacists, Publishing of Healthcare prices, Hospital pharmacies to service their own nursing homes and 340B
program pharmaceuticals for Mainecare patients.
We will keep you updated and informed as these bills are heard (public hearings) and voted upon (work sessions).

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