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 […]

Which of these “Lipitor 10 mg” tablets is authentic and which is counterfeit?  (Answer at the bottom of this page)


Even with enlarged images directly side by side, it’s difficult if not impossible to tell the difference.  Counterfeiters nowadays use very sophisticated means to produce their products.

Despite our best efforts to educate lawmakers about the real public health risks of illegal Rx drug importation, the Maine 126th legislature passed a bill, LD 171, which allows an unlicensed “entity” (e.g., a broker in another country) to import Rx drugs from Canada, UK and Northern Ireland, Australia or New Zealand into Maine.  This “entity” is “exempt from licensure” and thus any regulatory oversight.  This new law does not provide patients in Maine with any recourse if a counterfeit or adulterated prescription drug is shipped to their home.  The scope of this new law could even include controlled, addictive Rx drugs.  Patients lives are at risk.

Licensed pharmacists and licensed pharmacy technicians who live and work in communities throughout Maine must take action now.  Join MPA at our Fall Convention in Bangor, Maine, to found out how you can get involved.  Protect our communities and protect your profession before it’s too late.

The “Lipitor 10mg” tablet on the left is counterfeit.