Friday, September 28, 2018

MacArthur's Bill to Crack Down on Pharmacy Medicare Fraud Included ...

InsiderNJ (press release)-4 hours ago
MacArthur's Bill to Crack Down on Pharmacy Medicare Fraud Included in Final Opioid Bill, Will be Signed into Law. WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congressman Tom ...

GAO report finds problems with VA pharmacy system

NBC Montana-1 minute ago
Last May, the VA signed a contract with a company to electronically monitor drug inventories in pharmacies. But it will take ten years to implement it. That's wh

New South Carolina laws might save you money at the pharmacy

FOX Carolina-4 hours ago
If you could pay a lower price for your prescription drugs, you would. But until recently, some pharmacists were banned from telling you about cheaper options.

Mississippi nurse practitioner and clinic owner sentenced to prison for ...

MD Linx-6 hours ago
As part of her plea, Perry admitted her role in a scheme to defraud health-care benefit programs by prescribing medically unnecessary compounded medications ...

Mississippi nurse practitioner and clinic owner sentenced to prison for ...

MD Linx-6 hours ago
As part of her plea, Perry admitted her role in a scheme to defraud health-care benefit programs by prescribing medically unnecessary compounded medications ...

TRICARE wins $1.2 million settlement against RS Compounding

TRICARE wins $1.2 million settlement against RS Compounding - Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Business Journal · 4 hours ago

Feds Settle $1.2 Million Case Against Tampa Compounding Pharmacy

Feds Settle $1.2 Million Case Against Tampa Compounding Pharmacy
TAMPA – A now-defunct Tampa-based compounding pharmacy and its owner have agreed to pay $1.2 million to the federal government to resolv
FDA Announces Compounding Research Projects
NASEM will examine the use of compounded bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) products, such as progesterone and testosterone, 

Health Clinic Owner Sentenced to Prison in Compounding Pharmacy Fraud Case
According to the DOJ, Perry had a role in prescribing medically unnecessary compounded drugs to individuals who did not need the medications, .

Thursday, September 27, 2018

When Complying With a Law Enforcement Request Causes Problems

Pharmacy Times-6 hours ago
pharmacist receives a fraudulent prescription for a controlled substance. A police officer asks the pharmacist to dispense the drug, so the offender can be ...

House OKs HR 2554, a Bill That Would Ban Pharmacy 'Gag Clauses'

ThinkAdvisor-22 hours ago
H.R. 2554, a bill backed by President Donald Trump that will allow pharmacists to tell patients about the cheapest way to pay for prescription drugs at the counter ...

Nurse practitioner to be sentenced for role in compound pharmacy

Nurse practitioner to be sentenced for role in compound pharmacy ...

WDAM-5 hours ago
She was charged back in 2017 for her role in a compound pharmacy scheme where authorities say she allegedly defrauded the government and healthcare ...

FDA Begins New Research Projects and Expands Others

R & D Magazine-4 hours ago
At times, compounded BHRT products, such as progesterone and testosterone, are selected instead of FDA-approved drugs as hormone replacement therapy, ...

FDA Releases New Guidance on Drug Compounding
FDA released draft and final guidance documents this week related to drug compounding, announcing them in statement attributed to Anna Abram,

From the Texas Board of Pharmacy--

New Official Prescription Forms

Effective September 1, 2018, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy will begin to issue new Official Prescription forms to Texas licensed practitioners. The changes are being implemented to provide several advanced security features to address increasing problems with fraudulent forms.

One of the highest levels of document security has been added to include a true watermark, which will be pressed into the paper and is visible from either side in regular light. This feature resists photocopying and scanning.

Additionally, the thermochromic ink, currently on the back as a red check, is being moved to the front of the form as the “Rx” symbol. This feature can be verified by rubbing the red “Rx” symbol with the fingers, at which time it should fade and then reappear.

Current security features are still present, such as the void watermark and chemical reactivity.

PLEASE NOTE: Effective January 1, 2019, only the new Official Prescription Form will be accepted and all other versions of the Official Prescription Form will be considered invalid.

If you have any questions, please contact the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) or (512) 305-8050. You can also find information on the main Texas PMP site HERE, and the order information page HERE.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Collins' bills to ban pharmacy 'gag clauses' pass House and Senate

Press Herald-6 hours ago
Susan Collins that ban “gag clauses” prohibiting pharmacists from telling consumers about the lowest prescription drug prices passed the House on Tuesday ...

Meet Dr. Death; MSKCC Shamed (Again); Tx Blinds 68 People

MedPage Today-14 hours ago
Happy Tuesday and welcome to another edition of Investigative Roundup, collecting some of the best investigative reporting on healthcare each week.
20 hours ago - FDA Commissioner Outlines Priorities For Tightening Oversight Of Drug CompoundingFacilities. 19 Jan 2018. Advertisement Advertisement. ASK TH

Very High Importance!

Remarks from Anna Abram as prepared for delivery to the 2018 Intergovermental Meeting on Drug Compounding

 morning and welcome. I am Anna Abram, Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, Legislation, and Analysis here at the Food and Drug Administration.

I would like to thank you all for traveling from near and far to be with us today to participate in our seventh intergovernmental meeting on drug compounding. Wherever you hail from, and whether this is your first or seventh meeting, we’re glad to have you join us to continue our ongoing dialogue about ways to reduce the risks associated with compounded drug products and improve collaboration between FDA and the states. We greatly value our work with you, and we feel strongly that our partnerships with you are critical to maintaining robust oversight of compounders to protect the public health.

Texas' First Free Pharmacy Opens in North Texas

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth-4 hours ago
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas has opened the first public free pharmacy in the state. The group soft launched the pilot pharmacy program ...

PhRMA unlikely to get Part D changes in opioid bill

Politico-21 hours ago
The branded drug lobby also is not anticipated to succeed in using the opioid bill to .... Compounded medicine blamed for serious vision problems — At least 68 ...

Ex-employees of pharmacy in meningitis outbreak win separate trials

Reuters-13 hours ago
A federal judge on Monday ruled that two pharmacists accused of helping fill fake prescriptions while working at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy linked .

Prosecutors Can Tell 3rd NECC Jury About Meningitis Pain

Law360-13 hours ago
Law360 (September 24, 2018, 8:07 PM EDT) -- Low-level pharmacists at the shuttered New England Compounding Center whose bosses have been convicted ...

'Blatant disregard for public safety'

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-6 hours ago
Isidoro “Rudy” Sanchez was the manager of the now-closed Marigold Compoundingand Natural Pharmacy in Courtney, British Columbia, Canada when he ...
09/11/2018Atlas Pharmaceuticals, LLCSan Francisco District OfficeCompounding Pharmacy/Adulterated Drug ProductsNot Issued *
03/06/2018Uckele Health & Nutrition, Inc.Chicago District OfficeCGMP/Dietary Supplement/Adulterated/MisbrandedNot Issued *
08/31/2018Independent Nutrition, Inc.Seattle District OfficeUnapproved New Animal Drug/Adultered/Misbranded/MisleadingNot Issued *
09/11/2018Wilson Medicine CompanyCenter for Drug Evaluation and ResearchCGMP/Finished Pharmaceuticals/AdulteratedNot Issued *
09/18/2018Rock Farm, LLC dba WholeFood FarmacyCincinnati District OfficeUnapproved New Drugs/MisbrandedNot Issued *
Congress keeps IMD provision in final opioids package
Congress finalized its deal on opioids legislation, including one longshot measure to free up Medicaid funds for inpatient addiction treatment in the package.  READ MORE

Monday, September 24, 2018

Queens pharmacy owner stole $7.9M through phony Medicare claims ... hours ago
Prosecutors said Mohammed operated four Queens pharmacies, including Superdrugs I Inc., located at 127-04 Liberty Ave. in South Richmond Hill; and S&A

Pharmacy Owner Facing Federal Charges for Fraudulent ...

Pharmacy Times-3 hours ago
pharmacy owner facing an indictment charging her with submitting millions of dollars in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid is expected to be ...

PhRMA unlikely to get Part D changes in opioid bill

Politico-5 hours ago
The branded drug lobby also is not anticipated to succeed in using the opioid bill to .... Compounded medicine blamed for serious vision problems — At least 68 .

Connecticut sues for compound drug billing fraud

UConn Daily Campus-11 hours ago
The state of Connecticut has sued a Florida-based compound pharmacy for violations against the Connecticut False Claims Act. The lawsuit calls for civ

BC pharmacist loses licence after giving out drugs containing human ... hours ago
The penalty comes after a four-year investigation, which began with the closure of the Marigold Compounding and Natural Pharmacy over public safety ..

AP investigation: Drug prices going up despite Trump promise

Endo Agrees to Additional Stay of FDA Litigation Following FDA's Commitment to Use Best Efforts ...
In August 2018, an outsourcing facility announced it would commence bulk compounding of vasopressin and intervened in the litigation.
Endo once more agrees to delay FDA litigation
The lawsuit alleges the FDA's "interim policy" on compounding using bulk drug substances under Section 503 B of the Drug Quality and Security Act of ...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

2 days ago - What can you expect from the FDA's 2018 Compounding Priorities Plan? In this plan the FDA: Addresses quality standards for outsourcing facilities; Regulates ...

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A lot of Information Relating to Compounding in the September 2018 NABP Newsletter

Sep 1, 2018 - Pharmacies in US and ... Professional Affairs. Update ... Model Act Updates Address Veterinary Compounding, Long- .... As noted by the court, present pharmacy.
Sep 14, 2018 - PCCA. In this pleading, Plaintiff Anne Looney continues her ... Guardian had never madeTri-Moxi before, so Guardian turned to the PCCA for a.
Sep 14, 2018 - alleged purpose of Tri-Moxi is to prevent swelling, infection and dryness ... DefendantPCCA is not a pharmacy, compounding pharmacy, health ..