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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 […]

Maine federal district court confirms Maine pharmacists and pharmacy associations have standing to challenge 2013 amendments to the Maine Pharmacy Act allowing imports from international pharmacies, and may assert that FDCA preempts the Maine statute under the Supremacy Clause; denies standing to PhRMA
“A group of plaintiffs, including individual Maine pharmacists and pharmacy associations, plus PhRMA, challenged amendments to the Maine Pharmacy Act in 2013 which would exempt pharmacies in Canada, the UK, Australia, or New Zealand from needing a pharmacy license to export prescription drugs to Maine citizens. In the instant action, the State defendants have moved to dismiss the suit on the grounds that plaintiffs lack standing to assert a claim, and have moved to dismiss claims against the Maine Commissioner of Administrative & Financial Services in his official capacity.

The Court held that the pharmacists and trade associations have constitutional standing because they adequately allege an injury in fact arising from the changes in the statute. It also held that these plaintiffs have standing to assert that under the Supremacy Clause the FDCA, which prohibits imports of prescription drugs, preempts the Maine statute. The Court agreed, however, that PhRMA had failed to assert an injury in fact, and further agreed with the State that plaintiffs lacked prudential standing to assert claims arising under the Foreign Commerce Clause of the US Constitution.”  Pharma-Law E-News May, 2014

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