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 […]

Archive for February, 2014

Dear pharmacy friends and colleagues,
It goes without saying that we’ve been disappointed with the lack of progress on our lawsuit against Maine’s new ordinance to allow prescription drug importation.  So, on January 15th, 2014, we respectfully filed a motion for prompt resolution of pending motions.  This action enabled our attorneys to have a status conference meeting with Judge Torresen on February 4th.  The full report that summarizes this meeting is available here.

In brief, the judge would prefer to rule on summary judgment rather than the preliminary injunction.  The advantage of this approach is that it gets us to a final judgment directly, without the intermediary step.  The disadvantage is that it could result in additional delay without any relief.  In order to prevent additional delays, the parties have agreed to discussions as to whether there are any disputed facts.  This will allow both sides to make a joint report to the Court by April 1st, 2014.  In the meantime, our motion for preliminary relief will remain pending.  Overall, we welcome this news because it represents forward progress in our case.
Kind regards,
Kenneth McCall, BSPharm, PharmD, RPh

President | Maine Pharmacy Association