Saturday, November 17, 2018

Despite state warning, CVS Caremark has not reversed cuts to ...

The Columbus Dispatch-Nov 16, 2018
Two weeks after CVS Caremark promised to reverse cuts in payments to Ohio pharmacists, many pharmacies report they are still losing money on Medicaid 

Former pharmacy owner who misused payroll taxes ordered to prison

Roanoke Times-19 hours ago
A judge ordered the former owner of a Southwest Virginia pharmacy chain to make financial amends, pay a fine and go to prison for cheating the government out ...

Meningitis trial: Regulators confused as tragedy unfolded

The Tennessean-Nov 15, 2018
In Massachusetts, the state's top pharmacy inspector said he knew after just one visit ... against six former employees of the New England Compounding Center.

Working patients refusing to pay bills may face garnishes

Elk Valley Times-Nov 15, 2018
Federal and state legislation has continued to tighten on compounding pharmacies since USP chapter 797 became enforceable by regulatory agencies on Jan.

Burlington doctor accused of taking part in costly prescription scam

Cherry Hill Courier Post-15 hours ago
Dr. Bernard Ogon, 45, of Burlington, allegedly accepted payments from telemedicine firms to prescribe “exorbitantly expensive compounded medications,”
7 hours ago - USP offers online compounding courses. by NCPA | Nov 16, 2018. Self-paced, interactive online courses in USP General Chapters <795>, <797>, and <800> ..
15 hours ago - Compounding pharmacies then filled the prescriptions and billed the patient's health care benefit program “regardless of medical necessity."

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Speaker: Regulations for legal marijuana framework complex

Marietta Times-16 hours ago
Other aspects of the industry are controlled by the state board of pharmacy – dispensing and patient registries – and the state medical board, which controls .

AMA: 'Inappropriate Use' of CDC Guideline Should Stop

Pain News Network-22 hours ago
RESOLVED that our AMA advocate against the misapplication of the CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids by pharmacists, health insurers, pharmacy benefit ...

New Proposed Medicare Part B Drug Reimbursement Model Raises ...

JD Supra (press release)-1 hour ago
CMS aims to restructure the Part B drug reimbursement methodology so as to test whether it .... or "not otherwise classified" codes, such as compounded drugs.

Community pharmacies matter, here's why

Raconteur-2 hours ago
Pharmacies already offer support that encompasses prevention, treatment for common ailments, health surveillance and the routine medicines management of

Americans with Disabilities Act – Involuntary psychiatric admission ...

Michigan Lawyers Weekly-1 minute ago
Where pharmacy student suffering from paranoid delusions was withdrawn from his university pharmacy program, the district court did not err in granting 

Despite state warning, CVS Caremark has not reversed cuts to ...

The Columbus Dispatch-15 hours ago
Two weeks after CVS Caremark promised to reverse cuts in payments to Ohio pharmacists, many pharmacies report they are still losing money on Medicaid ...

New bill filed to regulate Pharmacy Benefit Managers

WSIL TV-13 hours ago
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Two bills in Springfield aim to regulate how much prescription drugs cost. They deal with Pharmacy Benefit Managers. "They're making a ...

CBD: Tennessee industry packaged with questions

WVLT.TV-11 hours ago
"You're not going to get that high effect," Anne Warren, a compound pharmacist said. "You're just going to get the beneficial side of the CBD: pain relief, G.I. help,

High Importance!! FDA Warns Against Using Unapproved Meds in Implanted Pain Pumps

FDA Warns Against Using Implanted Pumps With Unapproved Drugs

Regulatory Focus-18 hours ago
Yet FDA says it has received reports of patients being treated with drugs that have not been approved for use with implantable pumps, including compounded ...

Meningitis trial: Massachusetts board let NECC off with warnings

Meningitis trial: Massachusetts board let NECC off with warnings

The Tennessean-15 hours ago
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Pharmacy Board got multiple notifications that a drug compounding company it licensed was violating state law but let the firm off .

Express Scripts, Compounding Pharmacy Settle Conspiracy Claims

23 hours ago - Express Scripts, Compounding Pharmacy Settle Conspiracy Claims. Posted Nov. 14, 2018, 7:16 AM. By Mary Anne Pazanowski. Express Scripts allegedly conspired with CVS, Optum Rx.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Shaping Health Care In America Through M&A And Innovation

Law360-22 hours ago
Examples of these mega deals include CVS's pending acquisition of Aetna for approximately $69 billion; Cigna's pending acquisition of 

Merger sought on opioid lawsuits hours ago
... distributors AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp., Cardinal Health Inc., and McKesson Corp.; and PBMs Express Scripts, Inc., CVS Health; United Health Group Inc., ...

CMS continues to investigate information breach of more than 90000 ...

MD Linx-7 minutes ago
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services is continuing to work with law enforcement to investigate a breach of discovered on October 16 ..

Restrictive Formularies May Put Patients at Risk

Pharmacy Practice News-19 hours ago
... inpatient formularies may raise the risk for medication errors during transitions of care, a team of pharmacists reported at the 2018 ASHP Summer Meetings.

Lower prices on meds are coming in 2019 from this huge pharmacy ...

Atlanta Journal Constitution-17 hours ago
Express Scripts — one of the nation's leading pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) for both private employers and government health plans — has announced ...

Express Scripts, Pharmacy Drama Ends With Last-Minute Deal

Express Scripts, Pharmacy Drama Ends With Last-Minute Deal

Law360-10 hours ago
The pharmacy benefit manager shot back with breach of contract counterclaims, arguing HM Compounding didn't collect required copayments from patients as 

Imprimis Gets $100K Knocked Off Allergan Sanctions Bill

Imprimis Gets $100K Knocked Off Allergan Sanctions Bill

Law360-11 hours ago
... there could be serious implications for lower-cost, compounded medicines. ... and product effectiveness for drugs used by patients with cataracts or glaucoma.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The New California Regulatory Scheme for Pharmacy Benefit Managers

The National Law Review-7 hours ago
California recently passed Assembly Bill 315 to create greater regulatory oversight of pharmacy benefit managers (“PBMs”). The bill requires PBMs to provide

Rx Fraudsters' Fate; Biased Nutrition Studies; 'Free Birthing' Firestorm

MedPage Today-11 hours ago
It's time for the Investigative Roundup, where we gather the best investigative reporting and news on healthcare each week. Drug Compounding Conspiracists ..

Meningitis trial: Emails show New England Compounding Center ...

The Tennessean-3 hours ago
The email from Barry Cadden to his staffers at the New England CompoundingCenter was one of dozens of company records entered into the record Tuesday ..
9 hours ago - 2. According to your response, you will “review with sterile compounding personnel, that sterile (b)(4) is the approved sanitizing solution.” However, it is unclear how or when you intend to obtain the sterile (b)(4) since you did not include a receipt or a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) for the sterile (b)

Russia set to see significant growth of drug prices in 2019

The Pharma Letter-22 hours ago
... according to recent statements by an official spokesman of the Russian PharmacyGuild, a public association, which unites Russian leading pharmacies and .

Amazon expands catalog of HIPAA-eligible AI services

Healthcare Dive-Nov 12, 2018
The company is also threatening to disrupt the retail pharmacy space with its acquisition of PillPack. The online pharmacy delivers presorted medicine to

Medicine shortages addressed in law

Australian Hospital + Healthcare Bulletin (press release)-10 hours ago
In any healthcare setting, when we are interrupted or tied up by 'administrivial' tasks, valuable face-to-face time with our patients is lost. For hospital pharmacists ...

'Instead of things being done to them, things are being done for them.'

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-8 hours ago
Echoing earlier comments, he said My Health Record would be a “real game changer” in the care Australians can expect from community pharmacy. “I say it's 

Takeda inches closer to $62B takeover of Shire

Becker's Hospital Review-20 hours ago
Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical is expected to gain European Union antitrust approval for its $62 billion acquisition of Shire, a London-based ...


Axios-3 hours ago
Federal regulators had criticized tech platforms over a proliferation of ads for illegal pharmacies. But the companies have done a lot to rein in those ads and to .

14 pharma companies post Q3 profits over $1B

Becker's Hospital Review-16 hours ago
In the U.S., patients spend more on hospital care and clinical services than they do on prescription drugs, yet pharmaceutical companies often pocket more of .

Employee share scheme changes on the horizon

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-7 hours ago
The Federal government is making it easier for small businesses to offer employee share schemes, in a move welcomed by the Pharmacy Guild. In a joint media ...

Should You Still Be Taking That Medicine? hours ago
Doctors and pharmacists bear much of the responsibility for making sure that patients aren't taking drugs for too long. These professionals should ensure that .

What rebates? Express Scripts touts a new plan to appease critics of ...

STAT-2 hours ago
The idea targets the complicated calculus used by drug makers and pharmacybenefit managers for negotiating formularies, the all-important lists of medicines ..

Community pharmacists 'on verge of closure'

Pharmacy in Focus-3 hours ago
More than 100 local pharmacists from across Northern Ireland met in Belfast recently to express their real frustration and anger about the lack of progress by the ...

AMA backs in-person import of Canadian Rx if safety is assured

American Medical Association-14 hours ago
Letting American patients import prescription drugs in person from licensed Canadian brick-and-mortar pharmacies has the potential to improve cost-sharing .

How Amazon is shaking up how you get prescriptions

Raconteur-13 hours ago
PillPack's founders, from a pharmacy and technology engineering background, focused on the booming number of adults taking five or more prescriptions.

Rx Borderland: How to save on prescription medications

KVIA El Paso-16 hours ago
"The pharmacist will actually call the physician and say the patient can't afford this brand name, is there something else we can give them," Chavez said.

How analytics can spot data relationships indicating opioid misuse

Health Data Management-17 hours ago
But it will take cooperation from several healthcare sectors including providers, payers and pharmacy management firms. These entities must understand the ..

Unannounced inspections could uncover low staffing levels, GPhC told

Chemist+Druggist-22 hours ago
Unannounced pharmacy inspections could help uncover poor practice such as low staffing levels, “a number” of pharmacy professionals have told the regulator.

Wholesaler gives medicines supply warning as pharmacies delay ...

Chemist+Druggist-22 hours ago
There are “major concerns” that patients in Northern Ireland will not receive their medicines if pharmacies keep defaulting on payments, a wholesaler has

Tips to help newly registered pharmacists prepare for revalidation

The Pharmaceutical Journal-22 hours ago
In 2018, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians joined doctors, nurses and midwives in being expected to undergo the revalidation process, demonstrating 

Community pharmacy programs in the spotlight

Australian Journal of Pharmacy (blog)-19 hours ago
An independent consulting agency that specialises in evaluating the health sector is currently conducting a review into the new and expanded 6CPA pharmacy .

Pharmacy won't fill Nevada Doctor's patients' prescriptions

KRNV My News 4-11 hours ago
The Board of Pharmacy and The Nevada State Board of Medical Examiners are primarily responsible for enforcing the new law. Dr. Ridenour says neither state ...

Meet America's fastest growing pharmacy

Retail Leader-19 hours ago
Serving the uninsured market for prescription drugs enabled online only pharmacyretailer to grow sales at an enviable rate during the ...

Community Loses Only Pharmacy

KARK-9 hours ago
SHANNON HILLS, Ark. -- Filling prescription medication is getting harder in Shannon Hills with the town's only pharmacy set to close its doors this week.