Thursday, March 31, 2016

USPS OIG raids home of Indiana compounding pharmacist ...
13 hours ago - WXIN TV in indianapolis reports that agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General raided the home of a Carmel, IN compoundingpharmacist ...

United States Government Publishing Office
Dec 11, 2014 - LLC d/b/a Valuscript (Valuscript), and Patel Khader, LLC (Khader LLC),Ziad Khader,

Video New Report: FBI investigating health care fraud allegations in Carmel--compounding pharmacy searched

FBI investigating health care fraud allegations in Carmel: According to federal sources, the FBI and several other agencies are investigating allegations of health care fraud at two Carmel locations.

Photos of FBI raid involving pharmacist in Indiana

FBI conducting investigation in Carmel

WRTV Indianapolis-50 minutes ago
CARMEL, Ind. -- The FBI is conducting an investigation at a home in Carmel. ... The homeowners are listed as Ziad Khader, a pharmacist and Dr. Nazzal, ...

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Federal agents raid home of Carmel pharmacist, dentist

WTTV CBS4Indy-5 hours ago
Investigators from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) were seen carrying empty white boxes into the home of Dr. Ziad Khader and Dr.

Lawsuit: Health provider, pharmacies took part in fraud

Washington Times-2 hours ago
WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP) - A community health provider and a number of pharmacies in Kentucky are being sued for allegedly billing the federal government

Southeastern Kentucky health provider, pharmacies took part in ...

Lexington Herald Leader-Mar 30, 2016
A community health provider in southeastern Kentucky and several pharmacies took part in billing the federal government inflated prices for prescription drugs, ..

Online Pharmacy Bookkeeper Sent to Prison

Pharmacy Times-8 hours ago
An online pharmacy bookkeeper who illegally distributed hundreds of thousands of narcotics was recently sentenced to 5 years in prison, 3 years of supervised ...

Breaking News: FBI and US Postal Investigating another Compounding Pharmacist

FBI investigating home of pharmacist, dentist in Carmel

Indianapolis Star-3 hours ago
The article noted that ValuScript specialized in prescription compounding, which occurs when pharmacists combine ingredients to create medicine specific to a ...

FDA 483 dated 03/29/2016 for Reliable Rexall-A Compounding Pharmacy CA Producer of Sterile Drug Products posted 03/30/201

Rx Mixer 2016 Donors - International Academy of ...
6 hours ago - Tod Adams - Lexington Compounding. Nelson Almeida - MEDISCA. Phil Altman - Healthy Choice Apothecary. Cleve Anderson - Anderson Compounding .

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sterile Compounding Regulations
2 hours ago - Sterile Compounding, USP <800>, and Pending California Board of Pharmacy Hazardous Drug Regulations.

22 hours ago - NBRPA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH HALDEY PHARMACEUTICAL COMPOUNDING. March 29, 2016. Partnership will provide members with highly ..
Providers urge court to forbid statistical sampling in False Claims cases
Several major industry groups have jumped into a case over whether whistle-blowers may use statistical sampling to prove liability in fraud cases, saying allowing such sampling could be “disastrous” for hospitals and other providers.  READ MORE

2015 Oklahoma Pharmacy Law Book

The 2015 Oklahoma Pharmacy Law Book is now available online at

The new law book contains laws & rules effective November 1, 2015 along with updated directory information and appendixes. 

NOW Health Group recalls six dietary supplements

ECB Publishing-21 hours ago
All of which brings us to the limited recall of six dietary supplementsproduced by NOW Health Group, a company that markets healthy snacks, herbal teas, ..

PPDC starts consultation on revised standards framework draft

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (registration) (blog)-10 hours ago
The Pharmacy Practitioner Development Committee, a profession-wide collaborative forum, has commenced consultation on a revised draft of the profession's ..

Doctors who get pharma money prescribe brand-name drugs ...

Boing Boing-Mar 29, 2016
He said he doesn't own a pharmacy, a laboratory or an X-ray machine, all ways in which other doctors increase their incomes. “I generally prescribe on the basis ..

FDA's Draft Guidance Promotes Generic Abuse-Deterrent Opioids

Pharmacy Times-Mar 29, 2016
The FDA has issued a draft guidance that encourages the industry's production of generic versions of opioids with abuse-deterrent formulations, while making ...
FDA Announces Warning Changes to Immediate-Release Opioid ...
Gossip Monthly Magazine-20 hours ago
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Physician group calls on government to rein in drug prices

89.3 KPCC-Mar 29, 2016
In response to a rise in online pharmacy sales to Americans, drugmakers restricted supplies of medicines going to drug distributors in Canada. About 60 percent ...
US Doctors Demand Lower Medication Prices for Patients
teleSUR English-22 hours ago
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Missouri Senate budget chair says Medicaid would take all state ... hours ago
Schaefer said in particular, Medicaid pharmacy spending has doubled from about $980-million five years ago to $1.8-billion. He and other Republicans say i

Oklahoma Medicaid agency proposes 25 percent provider rate cut hours ago
These cuts will affect all provider types including hospitals, physicians, pharmacy, durable medical equipment suppliers and nursing facilities. The health care ..

Explaining Valeant: The Main Theories

New York Times-14 hours ago
When the debate over Valeant's accounting of its ties with the mail-order pharmacyPhilidor Rx Services first began to rage, a report last October by the short .

Valeant seeking more time for financial reports

USA TODAY-15 minutes ago
The company has come under fire for drug price increases and its previous relationship with specialty mail-order pharmacy Philidor Rx Services, which 

Pharmacists Claim Policy Space on Europe's Healthcare ...

Applied Clinical Trials Online (press release) (registration) (blog)-17 hours ago
The just-published annual report for 2015 of the European grouping of communitypharmacists, PGEU, is an eloquent example of the trend. Pharmacists have 

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES GUILTY PLEA OF PHARMACIST IN CONNECTION WITH $150 MILLION MEDICAID FRAUD SCAM Long Island Press Releases Long Island Pharmacist Faces Up To Seven Years In Prison; Will Pay Over $5 Million For His Role In Massive Black-Market HIV Drug Scam

Famous drug company Novartis will pay $390 million over pharmacy ...

Daily Star Gazette-12 hours ago
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp will pay USD 390 million to settle US charges that it paid specialty pharmacies illegal kickbacks in exchange for inducing ...

Express Scripts has removed pharmacy from network – Burbank ...

Daily Star Gazette-12 hours ago
In recent days, the largest U.S. managers of private prescription drug benefits have cut off at least eight pharmacies that work closely with drugmakers, 

At EU-India Summit, India must defend its 'pharmacy of the ...

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International-2 hours ago
“India is such a vital source of affordable, generic life-saving medicines on which millions of people around the world rely, that any blow to the pharmacy of the ...

$1.4T will be spend for Medicine in 2020 – Montgomery Health

Daily Star Gazette-12 hours ago
IMS expects 2020 global sales of brand and generic prescriptiondrugs, plus ... That's compounded by price increases as high as 5,000 percent imposed by .

Compounders on Capitol Hill 2016 News - International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

Compounders on Capitol Hill 2016 News - International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

March 29, 2016 Compounding the Dilemma over the Permissibility of Office Use Compounding: Congressman Requests Answers to Questions from HHS Secretary Burwell By Karla L. Palmer –

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase
CVM Update - FDA and Health Canada announce first simultaneous review and approval of a veterinary drug for food-producing animals –

3/28/2016 3:12 pm Texas workers comp office to audit doctors prescribing compound drugs

The Texas Department of Insurance's Division of Workers' Compensation will audit physicians who prescribed compound drugs in an effort to review the quality of health care provided in the state's comp system.
The division is seeking input through April 8 on the development of its Compound Medications Plan-Based Audit, which will ensure physicians adhere to the “medically accepted standards of care for prescribing compound drugs, read more

Texas: Department of Insurance is Preparing to Do Audits Regarding Compounded Drug Use

KY Court Holds Workers Have a Right to Choose Which Pharmacy Fills Their Prescriptions

B.C. Court of Appeal Upholds Regulatory College's By-laws

Lexology (registration)-8 hours ago
The British Columbia Court of Appeal's recent decision in Sobeys West Inc. v. College of Pharmacists of British Columbia[1] is an important decision for .

Analysts Weigh In On Biotech Giants Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl ...

Smarter Analyst-5 hours ago
The company came under fire for its questionable relationship with specialty pharmacy, Philidor, and is taking the heat from congress as pricing practices from ...
For Valeant Pharmaceuticals, a reversal of fortune
In-Depth-The Boston Globe-16 hours ago
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Tennessee sees progress in crackdown on prescription painkiller ...

Chattanooga Times Free Press-13 hours ago
Pharmacist Jordan Morrison confirms prescriptions Monday, March 28, 2016 Access Pharmacy. Federal officials and advocates both want to require doctors to

Physician Group Calls On Government To Rein In Drug Prices

NPR-5 hours ago
In response to a rise in online pharmacy sales to Americans, drugmakers restricted supplies of medicines going to drug distributors in Canada. About 60 percent ...

What's your pharmacy's secret sauce?

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (registration) (blog)-37 minutes ago
They are incredibly difficult to compete with on price, as they probably have the lowest costs in the market place. So I constantly wonder why pharmacies are still 

New Drug Approval: Regulatory Scenario In India

Mondaq News Alerts (registration)-4 hours ago
... and quality drugs at an affordable prices to the public.. The branded generics which constitutes about 80 to 85 percent leads the market with a compounded .
February 29, 2016Leiter's CompoundingSan Francisco District OfficeUnapproved New Drug/Compounding/Misbranding/AdulteratedNot Issued *
March 07, 2016Rightway Nutrition, LLCCenter for Food Safety and Applied NutritionAcacia rigidula/Labeling/Dietary Supplements/False & Misleading/MisbrandedNot Issued *
March 17, 2016Rx Vitamins, IncNew York District OfficeUnapproved New Drugs/MisbrandedNot Issued *
Mobile-friendly - 13 hours ago - Revised Press Release For: "Reliable Drug" Recall of allCompounded Medications Due to a Potential
8 hours ago - govAmid growing concerns over the use of expensive compounded drugs, workers' co… Purchase this story for only 
Mobile-friendly - 19 hours ago - A proposed list of bulk drug substances that may be used tocompound drug products, as well as criteria for evaluating ...
Essendon supplements saga: Expert reveals possible health breaches
The Age-9 hours ago
... the Chinese-based company, GL Biochem, and these were to be compounded in Melbourne. ... This is expected to be linked with questions over whether any of the drugs
Adamis Pharmaceuticals Gains 20% Following Acquisition Of US...
Benzinga-27 minutes ago
US Compounding is a privately held company that holds the status as a drugcompounding outsourcing facility 
3 hours ago - Adamis Pharmaceuticals Announces Agreement to Acquire USCompounding. NASDAQ Oncology Market News on ...

Monday, March 28, 2016

"The Postal Service is so concerned about rising drug costs and DOL’s inaction that, in October 2015, it requested an adjustment and withheld $68.6 million in payment for its workers’ compensation chargeback bill. According to Postal Service officials, the $68.6 million represented compound drug cost increases potentially attributable to fraud and abuse that OWCP had a duty to prevent. In December 2015, the DOL denied the Postal Service’s request. While Postal Service officials disagreed with the DOL’s determination, they paid the outstanding $68.6 million."

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The Postal Service's workers' compensation compound drug costs escalated to over $98.7 million for CBY 2015, a $68.6 million increase

Workers' Compensation Compound Drug Costs - USPS ...

United States Postal Service Office of Inspector Gener...
Mar 14, 2016 - The Postal Service's workers' compensation compound drug costs escalated to over $98.7 million for CBY 2015, a $68.6 million increase over .
03/28/2016 01:47 PM EDT

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use ENVY BP, a product promoted and sold for weight loss on various websites, including, and possibly in some retail stores.

US Postal Office of Inspector General Recognizes High Cost of Compounded Drugs is a Problem--Calls for Action

"Compound drugs cost more than other drugs because pharmacies are permitted to bill separately for each ingredient. As more pharmacies began compounding drugs, it created shortages in ingredients, which also increased the drugs’ costs."

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"[R]ecent audit report highlighted the huge increase in the U.S. Postal Service’s workers’ compensation costs for compound drugs – an expense that jumped from $30 million to almost $99 million in charge-back year 2015 (July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015). Also, administrative costs for compound drugs increased by $3.6 million to reach $5.1 million. During that time, more than 50,000 Postal Service employees had compound drug prescriptions — nearly three times the number in the previous year. “These unprecedented increases were due to the higher costs of compound drugs, the rising number of compound drug prescriptions, and fraud,” our report said.

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Compounding the Problem | USPS Office of Inspector General


United States Postal Service Office of Inspector Gener...
8 hours ago - So it might seem strange to hear about one area where customized service is both expensive and, sometimes, dangerous: the compounding pharmacy business ...