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Celebrating 150 Years – Registration

Friday, October 13th to Sunday, October 15th Holiday Inn By the Bay Maine Pharmacy Association and the Maine Society of Health System Pharmacists  Come join your MPA and MESHP colleagues for an exciting weekend of education and festivities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of MPA, the first state pharmacy association.  The event is sponsored by both organizations […]

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”. […]

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 488 which may also be helpful to pharmacists.

Opioid Prescription Requirements – User Guide

 


 

Commissioner Hamilton Logo edit final1 copyDepartment of Health and Human Services Commissioner’s Office 221 State Street 11 State House Station Augusta, Maine 04333-0011 Tel.: (207) 287-3707; Fax: (207) 287-3005 TTY Users: Dial 711 (Maine Relay)

 

 

 

 

 

June 29, 2017

 

Dear Prescribers, Dispensers, Professional Boards and Societies, and other interested parties:

 

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services would like to thank you for your commitment to the people of Maine. Under Public Law Chapter 488, An Act to Prevent Opioid Abuse by Strengthening the Controlled Substances Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), electronic prescribing becomes mandatory on July, 1, 2017 or individuals would face a penalty.

 

https://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/bills_127th/chapters/PUBLIC488.asp

 

5.  Penalties.   An individual who violates this section commits a civil violation for which a fine of $250 per violation, not to exceed $5,000 per calendar year, may be adjudged. The Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for the enforcement of this section.

 

Under the Commissioner’s authority, the Department will be allowing a 31 day grace period regarding the enforcement of the penalties.

 

To be clear, this grace period only applies to the e-prescribing mandate. Chapter 488 Law is still fully in effect.

 

After this grace period, penalties for individuals who violate this section of the law will be enacted. If you need to apply for an e-Rx waiver, please visit the SAMHS PMP website to complete and submit your application: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/samhs/osa/data/pmp/e-prescribing.htm

 

Additionally, please find an overview of guidance around opioid prescriptions, exemptions, and special information for veterinarians online: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/samhs/osa/data/pmp/index.htm

 

For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the PMP email at SAMHS.PMP@maine.gov.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Christopher J. Pezzullo, DO

State Health Officer

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