Saturday, March 17, 2018

High Importance! The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has upheld lower court's decision dismissing four Oklahoma pharmacies from lawsuit accusing them of negligently refilling opioid prescriptions and reasoning that the learned intermediary doctrine applied to facts of case

In this case, a former firefighter sued a doctor, a physician assistant and several pharmacies, claiming their negligence contributed to his addiction to opioids.  The case is Randy L. Frantz, Jr.,Plaintiff/Appellant, vs. William M. Valuck, Michael E. Hume, Advanced Care Clinic, LLC, Dorothy June Hume, Reliable Discount Pharmacy, Inc., Twin R No. 2 Inc. dba Crest RX Pharmacy and HAC inc., dba 195 Homeland Pharmacy, Defendants, andCrest RX, LLC dba Crest RX, BFLX-15, Inc. dba Buy For Less Pharmacy No. 1006, Winegardner, Inc. dba Eric's Pharmacy and Shawnee Regional Pharmacy, Inc. dba McLoud Clinic Pharmancy, Defendants/Appellees. The Oklahoma Court of Appeals rendered its decision on March 9, 2018. Read the court of appeals decision here.

Drug Cos. Say Cherokee Opioid Suit Must Stay In Fed. Court - Law360
1 day ago - McKesson Corp. and other drug distributors and retail pharmacies urged an Oklahomafederal judge Thursday to reject the Cherokee Nation's bid to take its suit over the companies' alleged role in the opioid epidemic back to state court, saying McKesson's distribution of opioids under a federal contract means the case must ...

Another Oklahoma Tribe Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors
2 days ago - A tribe in Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit accusing 26 drug manufacturers and distributors of contributing to the tribe's opioid epidemic by fraudulently misr.

Bossier Parish files federal suit against opioid manufacturers ... - KTBS 3
2 days ago - FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2010, file photo, a pharmacy technician poses for a picture with hydrocodone and acetaminophen tablets, also known as Vicodin, at the Oklahoma Hospital DiscountPharmacy in Edmond, OklaOpioids including Vicodin and fentanyl patches worked no better than Tylenol and other over-the-counter ...

pdF]Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse - Oklahoma Attorney General

Jan 23, 2018 - Sometimes, opioids can even make pain worse – a phenomenon called hyperalgesia. This message from the pharmaceutical industry was especially persuasive due to the carefully chosen purveyors. .... pharmacists regarding dangerous prescription combinations, high daily dosages ofopioids, and ...

Recent Healthcare Fraud Suit Puts Private Equity Industry on Notice as to Potential Liability for ...
In February, the Department of Justice (DOJ) intervened in a False Claims Act case alleging healthcare fraud, a common enough event. The case in question, originally began in 2015 as a whistleblower case brought by two former employees of a compounding pharmacy. The case centers on an alleged ...

Express Scripts Endorses Know the Lowest Price Act of 2018 and ...

MENAFN.COM-Mar 16, 2018
Express Scripts is against clawbacks and gag clauses, anti-patient practices that have been used by other pharmacy benefit managers. "Express Scripts has long supported the goals of S. 2553 and S. 2554, and we have worked with state lawmakers across the country to prohibit the anti-consumer practice of so-called "gag ...

SEC alleges widespread fraud by Theranos

The Keene Sentinel-16 hours ago
In a room full of Theranos' proprietary analyzers, for example, the company would collect finger-stick samples from pharmacy executives, leaving the impression that samples could be analyzed by Theranos technology. Holmes did not tell the executives that the firm was using analyzers made by other companies for some of

Oregon Enacts Law to Demand Transparency in Drug Pricing

The Center for Biosimilars-14 hours ago
According to the National Academy for State Health Policy, state legislatures are currently considering 78 bills to regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), 48 that focus on drug pricing transparency, 11 that address so-called "price-gouging" and more on a variety of other topics, including the importation of drugs.

More cities in WV join opioid lawsuits

Huntington Herald Dispatch-22 hours ago
FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo, shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. The Vermont Health Department is working to ensure that health care providers across the state are ready for new rules that take effect on July 1, 2017, which regulate how opioid-based painkillers are ...

Partners turned into prey as insurers, drug plans get squeezed hours ago
Over 20 years, Brian Komoto built a thriving pharmacy in California's Central Valley. Each day, his nurses would travel the vast agricultural region's roads to help hepatitis C patients take a grueling regimen of shots. Then, in 2016, 20 percent of Komoto's business vanished, practically overnight. Centene Corp. purchased the ...

Suspended Albion pharmacists dispensed far more abused drugs ... hours ago
ALBION, MI - A pharmacy in tiny Albion supplied more controlled substances from 2012 to 2016 than the Meijer in Kalamazoo, a chain pharmacy in a city with about 10 times the population of Albion and two major hospitals, a federal document reports. In 2012, Parks Drug Store, 318 S. Superior St., filled 500 times more 

A special legislative session leaves questions about pharmacy ...

Arkansas Times (blog)-13 hours ago
A special legislative session leaves questions about pharmacy benefits, public schools ... Asa Hutchinson signs pharmacy benefits legislation. ... The primary reason for the session — legislation to regulate pharmacy benefits managers so as to force higher reimbursements to pharmacists on drugs paid by Medicaid ...

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lawmakers want to remove gag clauses that boost drug costs at the ...

STAT-7 hours ago
he next time you walk into your pharmacy, you may not get the best deal on your prescription, but don't blame the pharmacist. Many allegedly have contracts with behind-the-scenes middlemen that contain “gag clauses” preventing them from telling you that paying cash for a prescription might cost less than your health ...

Oklahoma Death Row Inmate on New Nitrogen Gas Execution ...

Daily Beast-17 hours ago
Officials with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office have shad trouble locating the preferred drugs used until now in its lethal injections. The companies and compounding pharmacies that manufacture those drugs have largely halted providing them for capital punishment, 

Attorney to file motion for new trial in multi-million dollar pharmacy ...

WBRC FOX6 News - hours ago
... Diaz took part in a scheme to defraud TRICARE by “prescribing medically unnecessary compoundedmedications, some of which included Ketamine, a controlled substance, to individuals without first examining the individuals for the purpose of having a Hattiesburg-based compounding pharmacy dispense the medically ...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

FDA warns about rogue online pharmacies

ABC2 News-6 hours ago
“The pharmacist can fully evaluate every single medication you're on, look at the side effects, check more thoroughly for the drug interactions and it gives you a better picture of someone's overall health and gives you a better way to help manage their disease state,” Vranek said. You can also save money through your ...

Techs to lose pharmacist supervision requirement

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-21 hours ago
The UK announcement comes as pharmacists in Australia debate whether or not the profession has handed over too much of the pharmacist role to non-pharmacists. In 2016, the UK's GPhC proposed that trainee technicians could be supervised by other technicians, instead of a pharmacist. It said that in environments ..

NO lawmaker seeks to end gag order on pharmacists about "claw ...

FOX 8 News WVUE-TV-5 hours ago
"There are some groups that contract with pharmacies who regulate medications on behalf of insurance companies, and it's been found nationally that woven into these contracts are essentially these gag orders that prevent a pharmacist that if he knows that a patient is going to purchase some medication and that it would ...

Kansas pharmacist helps get $20M in donated medication

The Spokesman-Review-11 hours ago
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A staff pharmacist in Kansas helped spur a change in state law that has led to $20 million in donations of unused prescription medications to low-income and uninsured residents. The Kansas City Star reports that Tim Reel looked on last week at the Duchesne Clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, as leaders ...

Pharmacy startup Blink Health just filed a $250 million lawsuit against a company it claims is an 'unlawful copycat scheme' Lydia Ramsey Mar 14, 2018, 2:29 PM ET

2 hours ago · Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been charged with fraud. The company sold its blood tests in Arizona. She agreed t

2 hours ago · Among the findings: in some cases, Theranos had to send the blood it had collected from patients out to traditional labs in order t

Right to Try legislation fails to pass House

Bucks County Courier Times-13 hours ago
Gov. Tom Wolf signed a state Right to Try bill in October, joining 37 other states in passing similar legislation. Without federal legislation, however, the state laws cannot go into effect. Detractors of the bill, including Rep. Frank Pallone, D-6, of New Jersey, said the bill provides false hope to patients and their families, and that ...

View allBig patient groups urge House to defeat 'right to try' bill allowing ...

Washington Post-22 hours ago
Dozens of patient groups urged the House to reject “right to try” legislation — scheduled for a vote Tuesday — designed to allow seriously ill patients to largely bypass the Food and Drug Administration to get access to experimental treatments. More than 75 organizations, including the American Cancer Society Cancer ...
House rejects GOP bill easing use of unproven drugs
International-RochesterFirst-15 hours ago

Doctor convicted in pharmacy scheme to remain in jail until sentencing

Hattiesburg American-19 hours ago
Doctor convicted in pharmacy scheme to remain in jail until sentencing. Lici Beveridge, Breaking News Reporter Published 2:03 p.m. CT March 13, 2018 | Updated 4:31 p.m. CT March 13, 2018. play. CLOSE. Dr. Albert Diaz leaves William M. Colmer Federal Courthouse with his family and an employee after the defense ...

Fort Smith lawmaker backs proposed pharmacy legislation

Times Record-9 hours ago
Justin Boyd, R-Fort Smith, and a practicing pharmacist in Crawford County, said the bill, which specifically focuses on monitoring prescription benefit managers in the state, will create transparency in the state drug market. The legislation is being voted upon in a special session from Tuesday to Thursday in Little Rock.

Committee approves bill to regulate pharmacy benefit managers ...

Arkansas Times-16 hours ago
On Tuesday morning, a legislative committee overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow the Arkansas Insurance Department to regulate pharmacy benefit managers and require PBMs to obtain licenses to do business in the state. House Bill 1010 now heads to the full House of Representatives on Wednesday while a ..

Arkansas legislature moves forward to create oversight on ...

THV 11-15 hours ago
Arkansas is a step closer to becoming the first state to require the middleman in the pharmacy world to receive a license to conduct business in the state. This comes as pharmacists claim they aren't getting fair reimbursement rates. Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) work between the pharmacy and your insurance ...

Pharmacy Owners, Managers Turning to Outside Help to Boost Profits

Pharmacy Times-20 minutes ago
Like most community pharmacies, one problem the Logans face is dwindling margins from third-party payers. Richard said that a few years ago they received some help from Monty Rogers, RPh, founder of Pharm Assess. He credits this consulting firm with helping them evaluate, negotiate, and profitably service 2 340B ...

Judge leaves Mississippi physician jailed until sentencing

Judge leaves Mississippi physician jailed until sentencing

WTVA-11 hours ago
The fraud involving Diaz is one prong in a larger investigation into compoundingpharmacies. Prosecutors have alleged that three Mississippi pharmacies alone bilked $400 million from insurers. The Sun Herald reports about 40 family and supporters filled the federal courtroom for Diaz's hearing, with 60 more awaiting .

Pharmacist, Assistant Sent to Prison for Compounding Scheme

Pharmacist, Assistant Sent to Prison for Compounding Scheme

WorkCompCentral-7 hours ago
A Florida pharmacist was sentenced to 17 years in prison, and his assistant to more than 15 years, for paying kickbacks to health care providers who prescribed compounded drugs in a scheme that defrauded government health care programs of $30 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of ..

BIG CHANGES: New regulations, changes to state rules are keeping pharmacies on their toes Idaho State Journal · 10 hours ago

BIG CHANGES: New regulations, changes to state rules are keeping pharmacies on their toes

Idaho State Journal · 10 hours ago

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Court Says Hustler Publisher Larry Flynt Not Entitled To Missouri ...

KCUR-3 hours ago
Last month, a BuzzFeed News investigation uncovered the secret supplier of Missouri's lethal injection drugs – a compounding pharmacy outside St. Louis called Foundation Care. The pharmacy, which was acquired last year by a subsidiary of St. Louis-based health insurer Centene, has been repeatedly cited by the Food ...

Injectable opioids scarce in hospitals and hospices despite the U.S. being awash in pills

Amid the opioid crisis in the U.S., physicians and hospital pharmacists are having increasing difficulty finding injectable painkillers.
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State of Arkansas to fight for oversight on Pharmacy Benefits ...

THV 11-14 hours ago
Governor Hutchinson called for a Special Legislative Session to begin March 13 at 9:00 a.m. that includes discussion over Pharmacy Benefits Managers. Pharmacists have been fighting PBMs since January, claiming they're not getting fair reimbursement rates, causing them to lose money by filing prescriptions, forcing .

Monday, March 12, 2018

Key Democrat comes out against 'right to try' bill

March 2018 Issue of The Script - California State Board of Pharmacy
9 hours ago - visit the Board of Pharmacy website here. AB 40 (Santiago) CURES Database: Health Information Technology. System. (Chapter 607, Statutes of 2017). This law requires the California. Department of Justice to make CURES available to pharmacists and health care practitioners by Oct. 1, 2018, through either the CURES ...