MPARX

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 […]

RE: An Act To Facilitate the Personal Importation of Prescription Drugs from International Mail Order Prescription Pharmacies

http://www.mparx.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Maine-126-SP-60-item-4.pdf

OUR KEY CONCERNS

Our primary concerns about the new law are a lack of safety and privacy, unlicensed practice, and it’s illegal.

SAFETY AND PRIVACY:
This new law breaks the safe and secure drug supply system in the US.  FDA inspections have revealed that up to 69% of Rx drugs in mail shipments from foreign countries are unsafe and Canadian parcels accounted for 80% of those prescriptions.  Examples of potentially dangerous products included counterfeit drugs, unapproved drugs, controlled substances, drugs withdrawn from the US market for safety reasons, and improperly packaged drugs.

This year, the FDA shut down 1,677 illegal pharmacy websites that sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medications.  The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy has reviewed over 10,000 online pharmacies and found that 97% are not compliant with practice standards.

Furthermore, international mail order brokers are not required to be HIPAA compliant. They can violate and sell your protected health information without any consequences.

The entire document can be found here:

http://www.mparx.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/MPA-Key-Concerns-with-Rx-Drug-Importation-Law1.pdf

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