Maine Pharmacy Association

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 […]

Dear colleagues and friends,

As you are aware, pharmacy is a very tightly regulated profession.  The 126th Maine Legislature is underway and our professional lives are in their hands.  Not only do you need to vote for your legislators, you also need to support your professional association.  MPA has conducted a letter writing campaign to all 186 state representatives and senators to educate them on how pharmacy services improve community health.  MPA will also be proactively supporting new legislation that will promote public health by enabling collaborative practice agreements between a physician and a pharmacist and new legislation that will enhance pharmacy vaccination services.  MPA will continue to keep a diligent watch on all new legislation that affects pharmacy and testify on the behalf of pharmacy when necessary.  Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions about legislative events. MPA is working for you!

Most sincerely,
Kenneth L. McCall, BSPharm, PharmD
President | Maine Pharmacy Association
Chair & Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
University of New England
College of Pharmacy
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, Maine 04103-2670

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