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 April, 2014

Maine Pharmacy Association raised $2,100 for student scholarships at the 2014 Spring Convention in Freeport, Maine.  Auction items were generously donated by Husson University School of Pharmacy, UNE College of Pharmacy, Hannaford Supermarkets, Walgreens Pharmacy, HD Smith, AmerisourceBergen, and Drs. Gayle and Dan Brazeau.  MPA scholarship applications are due July 31st and may be downloaded here.  20140426_081352

Meagan Rusby - Kenneth McCallThe Husson University School of Pharmacy Academy of Student Pharmacists and Phi Delta Chi donated $1,000 to MPA at the 2014 Spring Convention in Freeport, Maine. Meagan Rusby, Husson Pharmacy Class of 2016, presented the award to MPA President, Kenneth McCall. While accepting the generous gift, President McCall stated, “On behalf of the MPA Board, I wish to express our sincere appreciation for this gift from the Husson ASP & PDC chapters. I’m inspired by these student-pharmacists and their outstanding service-leadership.” The donation from the Husson School of Pharmacy was the result of months of fundraising to help cover legal fees associated with the lawsuit against Maine’s drug importation ordinance.

The Brewer Police Department will be hosting an informational seminar on “Pharmacy Robbery Prevention and Response” located at the Brewer Police Department on Wednesday April 9th and April 16th. Two seminars will be held each day (9:30am and 12:30pm) for you to choose from.

Attending this seminar will be critical to your organization; as a result of taking the seminar your employees will be educated on how to prevent or R.E.A.C.T. to a robbery.

Who should attend:  Pharmacists, Pharmacy Techs, Managers, Delivery Drivers, and all employees who work in and around pharmacies.
Robbery Prevention and Response
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Session 1:  9:30AM to 11:30AM
Session 2:  12:30PM to 2:30PM
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Session 1:  9:30AM to 11:30AM
Session 2:  12:30PM to 2:30PM

Please RSVP with Lt. Chris Martin
Phone:  207-989-7003 (voice mail)
Note: Parking for event will be in lower drive of Public Safety Building at overflow (marked by cones) and Liberty Drive.

Paul Chace - Bowl of HygeiaMr. Paul Chace was recognized at the APhA 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, as a 2013 Bowl of Hygeia Award recipient.  Established in 1958, the Bowl of Hygeia Award recognizes pharmacists who possess outstanding records of civic leadership in their communities and encourages pharmacists to take active roles in the affairs of their respective communities. The Bowl of Hygeia is the most widely recognized international symbol for the pharmacy profession and is considered one of the profession’s most prestigious awards.  The Bowl of Hygeia Award is sponsored by the American Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations and is awarded by participating state pharmacy associations with support from Boehringer Ingelheim.  Mr. Paul Chace was honored by the Maine Pharmacy Association for his outstanding commitment to his community and the profession of pharmacy.  Photo: Paul Chace with his wife, Karen Chace.