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 December, 2016

 QC Pharmacy Webinar

Caring for ME Series

Chapter 488 Implementation and Rule-Making Updates

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Noon to 1:00 PM


Maine’s new opioid prescribing law, Chapter 488, stipulates that opioid prescriptions be limited to 100 morphine milligram equivalents per patient per day, that prescribers take an opioid prescribing course, and that the Prescription Monitoring Program be consulted before any opioid or benzodiazepine prescription is written. This webinar reviews updates on the implementation timeline, as well as an exploration of the rule-making and exception process. Also included will be an overview of the law and associated rules on Maine’s pharmacy community. The objectives of this webinar are:

1.      Identify the timeline for opioid and benzodiazepine regulations pursuant to Public Law 488

2.     Recognize how the new law and corresponding rules will impact patient care workflow for prescribers and pharmacists

3.      Discuss strategies to apply the new regulations and PMP enhancements into practice

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Noon to 1:00 PM


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Note:  Attendees of the live webinar may opt to receive 1.0 Category 1 CME Credit or 1.0 Contact Hour of knowledge-based pharmacy CEU for their participation.


Featured Presenters

Gordon H. Smith, Esq.

Gordon is Executive Vice President of the Maine Medical Association. He graduated from the University of Maine with highest distinction and from the Boston College Law School, magna cum laude.  He currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee of the AMA’s Scope of Practice Partnership. He is also a member of the Board of Maine Quality Counts.  A frequent lecturer to medical groups on various medical legal subjects, Mr. Smith has served as EVP of the Maine Medical Association since September 1993.  



Kenneth ‘Mac’ McCall, BSPharm, PharmD, BCGP

Kenneth (‘Mac’) earned his BS Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and completed a primary care residency with the Department of Veterans Affairs, US Army and OUHSC.  Prior to moving to Maine to join the founding leadership team at the UNE College of Pharmacy, he was an Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for eleven years.  His leadership roles have included Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the UNE College of Pharmacy, President of the Maine Pharmacy Association, Director of the UNE-Martin’s Point-Hannaford Pharmacy Community PGY1 Residency Program, Coordinator of the UNE-Apothecary by Design Community PGY1 Residency Program, Director of the UNE-Synageva BioPharma Medical Affairs Fellowship, Interim Director of the UNE College of Pharmacy Office of Continuing Education, Director of the TTUHSC Community Pharmacy Residency Program, Head of the Community Care Division at TTUHSC, and Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Northwest Texas Healthcare System. 

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The Department of Health and Human Services has released a communication concerning the implementation of DHHS rule to carry out the requirements of PL 488.  DHHS has collaborated with stakeholders to assist the department to improve the program and policy regarding opioid medication practices here in Maine. It is the hope that this communication will serve to calm some of the apprehensions around the DHHS rule.  The Maine Pharmacy Association will continue to communicate information as it becomes available.


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