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 […]

Soon after Maine’s drug importation law took effect last fall, advertised international prescription services in the Portland Press Herald and Kennebec Journal (web-link to advertisement). Upon investigating this company, it was discovered that is not a licensed pharmacy and does not dispense prescriptions to Canadians.  Furthermore, is on the NABP list of ‘Not Recommended Sites’ because “these websites put you and your family at risk.”

Generic Nexium, Celebrex, and Plavix were ordered online from and products by the names of Izra, Cobix, and Clopivas were delivered (web-link to product photos).  According to shipment information, all three non-FDA approved products were manufactured in India.  The unapproved products were filled in India, Turkey, and Mauritius, respectively (web-link to map).  None of these pharmaceuticals were sourced, manufactured, distributed, or dispensed in Canada.

In January, Kenneth McCall, President of the Maine Pharmacy Association, filed a complaint to the Maine Board of Pharmacy regarding the illegal practice of pharmacy by  McCall’s complaint and the company response were presented at the May 1st Board of Pharmacy meeting.  The Board voted unanimously to refer the charge of unlicensed practice to the Maine Attorney General’s office and send a letter of cease and desist to the company.

Maine Pharmacy Association is pleased with the Board’s decision and firmly believes this course of action is in the best interest of public safety.

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