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 […]

The new Board of Pharmacy Rules that took effect 12-11-2013 are now available on the Board’s website.

Significant amendments were adopted which affect chapters regulating the Licensure of Pharmacists, Administration of Drugs & Vaccines, Pharmacy Student Internship Programs, Licensure of Employment of Pharmacy Technicians, Licensure of Retail Pharmacies, Operation of Retail Pharmacies, Receipt and Handling of Prescription Drug Orders, Automated Pharmacy Systems, Retention of Records, and Unprofessional Conduct.

Chapter 18, Sterile Pharmaceuticals, was repealed.  New regulatory chapters include 35-Licensure of Extended Hospital Pharmacies, 36-Licensure of Opioid Treatment Programs, 37-Licensure of Sterile Compounding Pharmacies, and 38-Licensure of Closed-Shop Pharmacies.

Joe Bruno, President of the Maine Board of Pharmacy, will be providing a law continuing education update at the Maine Pharmacy Association Spring Convention in Freeport, Maine, on April 25-27th, 2014.  Save the date!

Best regards,

Kenneth “Mac” McCall, BPharm, PharmD

President | Maine Pharmacy Association

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