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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 […]

In response to increasing prescription drug abuse and diversion in Maine, Diversion Alert launched statewide in June 2013 with funding from Maine’s Attorney General. Diversion Alert is not the same as Maine’s Prescription Monitoring Program. Diversion Alert’s mission is to address Maine’s prescription drug abuse epidemic by providing access to drug arrest data for health care providers so that they can identify and respond to patients engaged in illegal drug related activities. To achieve its mission, Diversion Alert provides several free resources to registered medical professionals: (1) monthly emailed or mailed alerts which show individuals charged with prescription and illegal drug related crimes; (2) an online, password protected, searchable drug charge database; and (3) research-based educational resources to assist in responding to patients charged with prescription and illegal drug related crimes. Licensed prescribers, pharmacists or their designated representatives can register to receive monthly alerts via mail or email and to access the online drug charge database. The database provides a six- month historical record of drug charges submitted to Diversion Alert by Maine law enforcement agencies. Jay Reynolds, MD, writes, “The providers at The Aroostook Medical Center, especially in our emergency department, find the information provided in the Diversion Alerts both timely and useful. The information gathered is not used to ‘label patients as drug seekers’ but to gain insight into the complex issues that our patients present and to implement the best treatments possible.” Ann Gahagan, FNP, writes “Diversion Alert has assisted me to make better decisions about the medication I give patients…It has alerted me more than once to a potential problem… [Diversion Alert] has been one of the most valuable tools I have used to keep my patients, the community and my practice safe.” To register online to receive Diversion Alert, visit diversionalert.org and click on Registration. If you have questions about the program, call Clare at 521-2408 or email clare@diversionalert.org.

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