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 Pharmacy Colleagues,

Several new laws were passed during Maine’s 126th legislative session that will impact pharmacy.  These new laws take effect October 9th, 2013.  Here’s a summary of the new legislation with a link to each law.

An Act to Amend the Laws Governing Pharmacy Interns

This law allows a pharmacy intern, who has received training and who is under the direct supervision of a pharmacist, to administer vaccines to persons 18 or older.

An Act to Expand the Types of Vaccines that May be Administered by Pharmacists

Expands the law that allows pharmacists to administer vaccines that are outside the guidelines recommended by the CDC to adults according to a valid prescription when the practitioner states that the vaccine is medically necessary.  For example, a pharmacist may administer the zoster vaccine to a 40-year-old patient (even though the vaccine is recommended by the CDC for adults 60 years and older) if the practitioner authorizes a valid prescription and states that the vaccine is medically necessary.

An Act Regarding Pharmacy Provider Audits

This law adds provisions in current laws relating to on-site audits of pharmacy providers conducted by PBMs: requires 10 days written notice of audits and range of prescription numbers and dates to be included in the audit, includes right to request mediation by a private mediator with mutual agreement, and makes clear that the provisions relating to retrospective denial of claims apply to pharmacy claims subject to an audit.

An Act to Allow Collaborative Practice Agreements Between Authorized Practitioners and Pharmacists

This law defines Collaborative Drug Therapy Management and Collaborative Practice Agreement in the Maine Pharmacy Act.  The law expands the “practice of pharmacy” in Maine to include CDTM.  A pharmacist with training may initiate, monitor, modify and discontinue a patient’s drug therapy as authorized by a practitioner in accordance with a written collaborative practice agreement.  The Board of Pharmacy and Board of Medicine shall adopt rules to implement this new law.

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Kenneth L. McCall, BSPharm, PharmD

President | Maine Pharmacy Association

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