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 […]

Dr. Kenneth “Mac” McCall of the UNE College of Pharmacy and the recent president of the Maine Pharmacy Association has been unanimously selected by the Retail Association of Maine Board of Directors to receive the organization’s 2014 Jim McGregor Government Service Award.
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The award will be presented on Thursday, October 16th at the association’s 81st annual meeting at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, ME. The Jim McGregor Government Service Award has been presented annually to a wide list of state and local officials. The award was designed to mirror the key word in its name: service.
“The students at UNE College of Pharmacy have a true leader in Mac McCall. His persistence and advocacy on behalf of the pharmacy industry is impressive to say the least. He cares deeply about patient safety and spoke out loudly when safety is compromised,” said Curtis Picard, Executive Director of the Retail Association of Maine. “The Jim McGregor Award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond just like Jim McGregor did for our members for so many years.”
Professor McCall is also the Immediate Past-President of the Maine Pharmacy Association.  During his two consecutive terms as MPA President from 2010 to 2014, he was able to successfully advocate for expansion of pharmacy scope of practice to increase access to preventative health services.  Notable legislative accomplishments included enhancing immunization services provided by pharmacists to cover all adult CDC-recommended vaccines, enabling pharmacy students to administer vaccines while being supervised by pharmacists, and enabling collaborative practice agreements between a physician and pharmacist which allows the pharmacist to assess patients and modify prescription medications to achieve optimal outcomes.
Dr. McCall is passionately committed to safe and affordable access to prescription medications.  He has volunteered for over five years at the Biddeford Free Clinic in a licensed pharmacy that provides free prescription medications to residents of Maine.  He has also spoken in Washington DC to FDA and CDC officials regarding the public health risks of substandard and counterfeit drugs in light of Maine’s recent ordinance to allow ‘entities’ to facilitate the importation of prescription medications.  His service has been recognized by earning the National Community Pharmacy Association Leadership Award in 2011 and 2014.
Dr. McCall earned his BS Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Oklahoma and completed a primary care residency with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the US Army. Prior to moving to Maine with his wife and son, he was an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Texas Tech. His son is a student at Scarborough High School and his wife is a pharmacist at Spring Harbor Hospital.
“On the issue of allowing unregulated foreign drugs into Maine, Mac was at the forefront in opposing the legislation and challenging the state’s authority to pass that law. He went further to prove that the medications coming into Maine may not be the same quality or effectiveness,” said Picard.
In 2010, the Retail Association of Maine named this award after its retired director of government affairs, Mr. Jim McGregor. Jim’s decades of hard work in the public policy arena paved the way for setting the standard for an award that recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond in support of Maine’s retail community.

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