MPARX

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 February, 2015

The pharmacist and student pharmacist contingent who attended the joint House/Senate hearing at the Cross State Office Building in Augusta (2/24) on LD 141 “An Act to Amend the Definition of ‘Health Care Practitioner’ in the Maine Health Security Act to Include Pharmacists” which was introduced by Representative Paul Chace. 

 
Many individuals testified in favor of the bill including Dr. Ken McCall from UNE, Dr. Dan Robinson from HUSOP and Whitney Jandreau (HUSOP P4 and the only student pharmacist speaking). There was no testimony against the proposed act.Students and Pharmacists at LD141 Hearing with Representative Chace

For Immediate Release, February 24, 2015

On Monday, February 23, 2015, Judge Nancy Torresen ruled in favor of our case against the State of Maine (Ouellette, et al vs. Mills) regarding the importation of medications from specific foreign countries. Judge Torresen ruled definitively in our favor that the Maine law passed in 2012 (LD 171, Public Law chapter 373) violates federal laws which were established to protect the public from unsafe medications.

 

From the beginning, we raised significant concerns about threats to public safety by the illegal importation of prescription drugs into Maine through foreign-based brokers and other entities. The federal government strictly limits importation of pharmaceuticals for personal use, yet the Maine law looked to circumvent this secure drug-supply system.

 

“Maine pharmacists are relieved that Judge Torresen’s ruling ensures the safety of prescription drugs for Mainers by upholding federal laws that are designed to prevent unapproved and substandard drugs from coming into the United States,” stated Kenneth McCall of the Maine Pharmacy Association, one of the plaintiffs in the case.

 

“We believe the Court ruled correctly. All along, we warned that the law violated federal laws and this ruling proves that. Maine people can be assured that the prescriptions that are filled by Maine pharmacists are approved medications,” stated Curtis Picard of the Retail Association of Maine, a plaintiff in the case. “We expect foreign companies to abide by this ruling and federal law and to cease illegally importing drugs into Maine.”

 

CONTACTS
Curtis Picard                                                                          Kenneth McCall, PharmD, RPh

Executive Director, Retail Association of Maine                      Maine Pharmacy Association

207.240.7377 (cell), Curtis@retailmaine.org                          207.205.7327 (cell),mparx.president@gmail.com

 

 

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