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 in Pharmacy,

I want to provide a quick update regarding our lawsuit against the Maine prescription importation law.  On September 10th, the Plaintiffs (MPA et al.) filed suit in the United States District Court for the District of Maine challenging the legality of a pharmaceutical importation ordinance that was passed by the Maine Legislature earlier this year.  As expected, the State Defendants filed a motion to dismiss our case on October 2nd.  On October 16th, we filed our opposition to the Defendants’ motion to dismiss and we also filed our reply to the Defendants’ opposition to our motion for preliminary injunction.  On October 30th, the Defendants filed their reply in support of their motion to dismiss our case.
Which brings us to the present, where both sides of the case have filed all necessary briefs.  Meanwhile, MaineMeds, PortlandMeds, and  HardwoodMeds have reinstated their Rx drug importation programs.  We’ve also recently answered interview questions from radio, newspaper and television journalists from as far away as California about the consequences of this law.  It’s apparent that both healthcare professionals and lawmakers in many states are closely monitoring this law and our lawsuit. The next step in this legal process will involve oral arguments which will likely be heard by Judge Nancy Torresen in the next few weeks.  All of the court documents can be found in their entirety at the links above.  Furthermore, MPA’s key concerns with Maine’s prescription drug importation law can be found here.  We’ll continue to keep you up-to-date as this case moves forward.

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Kenneth L. McCall, BSPharm, PharmD
President | Maine Pharmacy Association

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