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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 […]

Dear Colleagues and Friends in Pharmacy,

I want to provide a quick update regarding our lawsuit against the Maine prescription importation law.  As expected, Attorney General Janet Mills filed a motion to dismiss the complaint by Maine Pharmacy Association et al regarding the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maine challenging the legality of a prescription drug importation ordinance that was passed by the Maine legislature earlier this year.

Of note, one of the primarily arguments in the motion to dismiss is “…the 2013 Amendment [prescription drug importation law] does not affirmatively ‘authorize’ any person, whether located in Maine or elsewhere, to do anything.”  Also noteworthy, the motion to dismiss acknowledges that “…no Secretary of HHS has issued a certification [to Congress that importation will be safe and cost-effective].”  The plaintiffs including Maine Pharmacy Association have 21 days to respond and we are confident that our case has merit.  The entire motion to dismiss is available on the MPA website:

http://www.mparx.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/2013-Defendants-Motion-to-Dismiss.pdf

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Kenneth L. McCall, BSPharm, PharmD

President | Maine Pharmacy Association