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Monday, June 29, 2015

Prescription Payment Caps Enacted in California

  1. Prescription Payment Caps Enacted in California

    Pharmacy Times-7 hours ago
    According to a recent report from pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts, more than 500,000 patients in the United States had treatment costs exceeding ...

A.G. Schneiderman Announces $2.5 Million Settlement with NYC ...

A.G. Schneiderman Announces $2.5 Million Settlement with NYC ...

Long Island Exchange-5 hours ago
The agreement reached with Trinity Homecare LLC, a pharmacyprimarily owned by Walgreen Co., began with a whistleblower claim of improper conduct and ...

Toms River Doctor Admits Taking $60K In Bribes For compounded Pain Cream Referrals from Prescriptions R Us (PRU), a compound pharmacy in Lakewood; Morales of Shore Sports Medicine, is facing fraud charges in a case involving chiropractors, according to federal officials.

Breaking News! Supreme Court refuses to ban controversial method of execution

Supreme Court refuses to ban controversial method of execution

USA TODAY-57 minutes ago
Last month, both the American Pharmacists Association and the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists discouraged their members from ...
Supreme Court Upholds Use of Death-Penalty Drug
Wall Street Journal-2 hours ago

Friday, June 26, 2015

Pharmacy Response to King v. Burwell Decision

  1. Pharmacy Response to King v. Burwell Decision
    Pharmacy Times - 8 hours ago

Text of the subcommittee draft bill for 2016 FDA appropriations

meningitis-etc: Official Opposes California Meningitis Claim

meningitis-etc: Official Opposes California Meningitis Claim: By Walter F. Roche Jr. Calling the request "grossly late," an official in the administration of the liquidation plan for a d...

Roche's Lucentis Could Get Boost From House Compounding Directives To FDA


Roche's Lucentis Could Get Boost From House Compounding Directives To FDA


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Compounding pharmacies – and makers of particular products – would see favorable guidance changes under instructions to FDA in House appropriations report.

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FDA Engages Internationally to Promote Access to Safe, Effective Animal Medicines Posted on June 26, 2015 by FDA Voice By: Bettye Walters, D.V.M.

One compounding pharmacy recently charged $24,000 for a cream made with 2,700 crushed tablets, and another compounder billed $12,000 for a cream containing 2,100 tablets - See more at: http://lab.express-scripts.com/insights/drug-options/shutting-down-compounders-crushed-tablet-scheme#sthash.dKeNW1Lg.dpuf


Express Scripts: Shutting Down Compounders' Crushed Tablet Scheme

Shutting Down Compounders' Crushed Tablet Scheme | Express ...

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3 days ago - By tackling the problem of unethical compound pharmaciesExpress Scriptsis ... Reputable compound pharmacies exist to fill prescriptions that cannot be ... We' ve seen compounding pharmacies try to charge hundreds or thousands of dollars  

McKesson Sees Healthy Growth In Prescription Drugs


 

McKesson Sees Healthy Growth In Prescription Drugs

Nasdaq-18 hours ago
"They've been a very good performer." The company also has a partnership withOmnicare (OCR), which provides pharmacy services to long-term care facilities.

Prescription drug abuse cases often unreported

Prescription drug abuse cases often unreported

The Sheridan Press (subscription)-19 hours ago
As law enforcement is often tasked with handling prescription drug abuse once it has already become a problem, local pharmacies comply to strict regulations to ...

Covered California to Cap Costs of Specialty Drugs

Covered California to Cap Costs of Specialty Drugs

NBC 7 San Diego-16 hours ago
Whether at the pharmacy counter or through their insurance premiums, under the current system, the consumers pick up the tab. By putting a cap on expenses, ...

Detroit one of worst for Medicare drug fraud, feds say

  1. Detroit one of worst for Medicare drug fraud, feds say

    The Detroit News-13 hours ago
    Washington — Detroit is among the top four cities for pharmacies that had questionable billing practices in Medicare's prescription drug program last year, ...

Analysts: Ruling may prod legislators toward Medicaid overhaul

Pharmacy schools take a global route to solving world problems


  1. Pharmacy schools take a global route to solving world problems

    The Pharmaceutical Journal-3 hours ago
    By combining their strengths, three schools of pharmacy in the UK, US and Australia hope to become a voice for change within the pharmacyprofession across ...

Dusting Off Drug Libraries Yields Smarter IV Pumps


  1. Dusting Off Drug Libraries Yields Smarter IV Pumps

    Pharmacy Practice News-21 hours ago
    Pharmacists, physicians and bedside nurses worked together to develop the drug libraries. They added double-checks to high-risk medications such as insulin ...

NECC Meningitis Survivor Brutally Beaten In Home Invasion


  1. NECC Meningitis Survivor Brutally Beaten In Home Invasion

    CBS Local-2 hours ago
    She had been ravaged by fungal meningitis, a victim of the massive outbreak caused by tainted drugs from New England CompoundingCenter. But now ...

McKesson Announces 2015 Pharmacy of the Year Winner at McKesson ideaShare | Business Wire

McKesson Announces 2015 Pharmacy of the Year Winner at McKesson ideaShare | Business Wire

Thursday, June 25, 2015

U.S. judge dismisses suit seeking blame in troubled Oklahoma ...

U.S. judge dismisses suit seeking blame in troubled Oklahoma ...

Business Insider-11 hours ago
The suit charged that the state used an untested lethal injection cocktail, compiled by a questionable compounding pharmacy and administered by under-trained ...

The New Track and Trace Law Places Hospitals on High Alert

The New Track and Trace Law Places Hospitals on High Alert

Pharmacy Practice News-4 hours ago
Beginning July 1, 2015, pharmacists must maintain all the chain of custody information (inbound and outbound) that will enable product tracing. These tracking ...

Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before ..

Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before ...

Sacramento Bee-Jun 18, 2015
... during the 2013-2014 legislative session lobbying the Legislature, the governor, the state pharmacistsboard and other agencies, according to state filings.

Health insurers poised for merger mania


Health insurers poised for merger mania

Minnesota Public Radio News - ‎16 hours ago‎
... Aetna, Humana and Cigna. UnitedHealth has by far the most revenue of any health insurer in the nation. The Minnetonka-based company already has bought other firms, most recently paying $12.8 billion for the pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran.

Registered pharmacists and complaints increase

  1. Registered pharmacists and complaints increase

    Irish Medical Times-21 hours ago
    PSI logo The number of registered pharmacists increased from 5,245 in 2013 to 5,439, according to the annual report for 2014 of the Pharmaceutical Society of ...

We need to prepare future pharmacists to be able to work in all sectors

We need to prepare future pharmacists to be able to work in all sectors

The Pharmaceutical Journal-5 hours ago
We are writing in response to the General Pharmaceutical Council's (GPhC) view that the current MPharm degree fails to equip pharmacists for future roles ...

Geneva Woods Acquires Portico's Long Term Care Pharmacy

  1. Geneva Woods Acquires Portico's Long Term Care Pharmacy ...

    PR Web (press release)-7 hours ago
    Geneva Woods Pharmacy, Inc. (GWP) (http://www.genevawoods.com), a leading provider of integrated Long Term Care (LTC) and home pharmacy services in ...

Blog: Docs accused of fraud get more Medicare bucks (a lot more)

Blog: Docs accused of fraud get more Medicare bucks (a lot more)
Of the 18 physicians identified so far in last week's national Medicare fraud takedown, more than half collected at least three times as much from Medicare as the average doctor in their specialty, according to Medicare physician payment data for 2013.  READ MORE

Allowable Excess Volume and Labeled Vial Fill Size in Injectable Drug and Biological Products Guidance for Industry -FDA Guidance

Breaking News:Supreme Court upholds subsidies in King v. Burwell

Supreme Court upholds subsidies in King v. Burwell 
Insurance premium subsidies will continue to flow to Americans in all states under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court decided 6-3 in King v. Burwell on Monday, according to the Associated Press.  READ MORE

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

meningitis-etc: Judge Mulling When, Where Meninigitis Cases To Be ...

meningitis-etc: Judge Mulling When, Where Meninigitis Cases To Be ...: By Walter F. Roche Jr. A federal judge has asked for more arguments from both sides on when and where to hear the individual cases of the...

Let pharmacies boost access to health care


Let pharmacies boost access to health care

Orlando Sentinel-Jun 23, 2015
Florida has almost 2,800 community pharmacies that employ more than 30,000 people with more than $1 billion in estimated payroll and $355 million in taxes ...

Bauder's to resume filling all prescriptions

Bauder's to resume filling all prescriptions

DesMoinesRegister.com-9 minutes ago
A Des Moines pharmacy that was the site of a huge diversion of narcotic pills will soon be allowed to resume filling prescriptions for such medications, its lawyer ...

Pharmacy Groups Ask FDA to Delay Enforcement of 'Track & Trace ..

  1. Pharmacy Groups Ask FDA to Delay Enforcement of 'Track & Trace ...

    Pharmacy Practice News-3 hours ago
    Three leading pharmacy organizations have asked the FDA to help avoid any potential disruptions in the pharmaceutical supply chain by delaying enforcement ...

Rite Aid Completes Acquisition of Leading Independent Pharmacy ...

  1. Rite Aid Completes Acquisition of Leading Independent Pharmacy ...

    Business Wire (press release)-7 hours ago
    The combination of EnvisionRx's broad suite of PBM and pharmacy-related businesses with Rite Aid's retail platform will provide our customers and patients with ...

Federal Court Dismisses Dutrow Appeal Of 10-Year Suspension | Paulick Report – Thoroughbred Horse Racing News

Federal Court Dismisses Dutrow Appeal Of 10-Year Suspension | Paulick Report – Thoroughbred Horse Racing News

2015 Pharmacy Inspections and Related Reports as of June 23, 2015

Med 4 Home Inc. dba Med 4 Home Pharmacy, Kansas City, MO., Referral Letter to the Missouri Board of Pharmacy Issued 02/18/2015 (PDF - 306KB)

FDA 483 Lincare, Inc., Little Rock, AR., Issued 06/12/2015 and Amended 483 Issued 06/12/2015

Complaint in Ondras v. Professional Compounding Centers of America et al

  1. Ondras v. Professional Compounding Centers of America et al

    https://www.unitedstatescourts.org/federal/ilnd/310790/
    May 26, 2015 - Ondras v. Professional Compounding Centers of America et al | 28:1332 Diversity-Product Liability | 110 Contract: Insurance.

Largest National Health Care Fraud Take-Down in History Unique Because It Focused on Prescriptions

Largest National Health Care Fraud Take-Down in History Focuses ...

The National Law Review-15 hours ago
On the heels of its announcement that it is “hiring additional lawyers to look into taking more administrative actions against” physicians, the Office of Inspector ...

False Claims Act: Increased Prosecutions and Higher Sentences

False Claims Act: Increased Prosecutions and Higher Sentences

The National Law Review-15 hours ago
To best protect against violating federal and state healthcareregulations, ... Identify areas most at risk for fraud, such as – coding and billing; government ...

Regulators' investigation into prescription fraud identifies 150 health

  1. Regulators' investigation into prescription fraud identifies 150 health ...

    Canada NewsWire (press release)-15 hours ago
    VANCOUVER, June 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and the College of Pharmacists of BC have each concluded separate ...

Prescription cost per workers comp claim rose 7.3% in 2014

Prescription cost per workers comp claim rose 7.3% in 2014

Business Insurance-17 hours ago
The 2014 First Script Drug Trends Analysis is based on transactions billed through Coventry's pharmacy management program, First Script, as well as ...

A Bill Would Prevent Drug Makers From Frustrating Generic Rivals


A Bill Would Prevent Drug Makers From Frustrating Generic Rivals

Wall Street Journal (blog)-Jun 23, 2015
... pharmaceutical spending that could be saved if generic versions of 40 drugs that were examined for the report were allowed to reach pharmacy shelves.

Drug, Hospital M&A Spurs Big Insurers To Eye Mega-Deals

Drug, Hospital M&A Spurs Big Insurers To Eye Mega-Deals

Yahoo News-14 hours ago
The next month, UnitedHealth bought pharmacy benefits manager Catamaran (CTRX) for $12.8 billion. CVS Health (CVS) agreed this month to pay $1.9 billion ...
UnitedHealth has approached Aetna about takeover
Sentinel Republic-17 hours ago
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Amerisourcebergen Corp (ABC) Files Form 4 Insider Selling ...

  1. Amerisourcebergen Corp (ABC) Files Form 4 Insider Selling ...

    Insider Trading Report-14 hours ago
    It also distributes products to chain retail and independent pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, acute care hospitals and health systems, physician practices, ...

HHS OIG: McAllen a Medical Fraud Hotspot; CMS Must do more to stop Medicare Part D fraud, OIG says

  1. HHS OIG: McAllen a Medical Fraud Hotspot

    KRGV-1 hour ago
    Buddy De La Rosa from De La Rosa Pharmacy showed CHANNEL 5 NEWS how easy it is to fill a prescription. He ordered 30 days' worth of a purple pill called ...
    CMS must do more to stop Medicare Part D fraud, OIG says
    ModernHealthcare.com-18 hours ago
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Will Pharmerica Corporation (NYSE:PMC) Meet Analyst Targets?

Will Pharmerica Corporation (NYSE:PMC) Meet Analyst Targets?

  1. Investor Newswire-21 hours ago
    PharMerica Corporation is an institutional pharmacy services company, which services healthcare facilities and provides management pharmacy services to ...

meningitis-etc: Hearing to Consider Trial Date for Brentwood Outbr...

meningitis-etc: Hearing to Consider Trial Date for Brentwood Outbr...: By Walter F. Roche Jr. A hearing is scheduled for tomorrow to consider a request to set an early trial date for the case of a Brentwood, ...

No. 14-20307 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit FILED June 23, 2015 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk v. MOHAMMAD JAMAL RASHID, Appeal from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas USDC No. 4:13-CR-579-court finds the evidence insufficient to support the district court’s implicit finding under this guideline that Rashid’s conduct created a risk of death or serious bodily injury and vacates Rashid’s sentence and REMAND.

in the united states court of appeals for the fifth circuit - U.S. ...

www.ca5.uscourts.gov/opinions%5Cunpub%5C14/14-20307.0.pdf
18 hours ago - in interstate commerce and delivering or proffering for delivery, drugs that .... with such risk and if so, whether counterfeiting the drug compounded the likelihood ...

Excellent Slides!! A REVIEW OF FEDERAL PHARMACY LAW - freeCE

A REVIEW OF FEDERAL PHARMACY LAW - freeCE

www.freece.com/Files/Classroom/ProgramSlides/.../fedlaw_ho_cp.pdf
18 hours ago - drug recalls, childproof cap laws, and OTC labeling. Finally the program will discuss the differences between manufacturing and compounding under federal law ...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

FDA Warning Letter 2015 Country Doctor Herbals 6/10/15

2015 Country Doctor Herbals 6/10/15

Florida: Race-Day Medication Limited To Lasix Starting July 1 | Paulick Report – Thoroughbred Horse Racing News

Florida: Race-Day Medication Limited To Lasix Starting July 1 | Paulick Report – Thoroughbred Horse Racing News

Study finds pharmacist-led medication reviews may not improve ...

Study finds pharmacist-led medication reviews may not improve ...
The Pharmaceutical Journal-9 hours ago
A study published in 2007 showed thatpharmacy services can decrease mortality, but that medication history taking ...

New OIG fraud alert puts doctors on notice


New OIG fraud alert puts doctors on notice
Doctors must be careful to avoid entering into payment agreements that could violate the anti-kickback statute, HHS' Office of Inspector General warned in a fraud alert that follows a dozen recent settlements involving physician contracts.  READ MORE

China not only source for counterfeit drugs but also for meth, other synthetics

Baxter recalling subpotent heparin

Europe bans some APIs from Chinese drugmaker Zhuhai United

Surescripts Issues 2014 National Progress Report

  1. Surescripts Issues 2014 National Progress Report

    HealthTechZone-21 hours ago
    For example, pharmacy claims data are more robust that medical claims data, but it's unclear how many pharmacies contributed to the analysis. In terms of ...