Posts filed under: Regulations

Regulations

Legal and ethical issues for the thriving pharmacist.

The title above comes from the 1983 movie WarGames. The plot of this movie centers around a young computer hacker that manages to access a Department of Defense computer. That computer asks the hacker, Shall we play a game? That game just happens to be Global Thermonuclear War, and as it turned out, the game was actually very real. Sometimes, an apparently......
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Recently, a petition asking the Executive Branch of our government to look at the business practices of Pharmacy Benefit Managers was started on Whitehouse.gov. It is entitled: CMS NEEDS TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY IN ITS ROBUST BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LARGE PHARMACY BENEFIT MANAGERS (PBMS) Three large PBMs manage prescription drug benefits for more than 180......
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Okay, maybe it seems that I am obsessed with writing about the 90-day supply. I have long maintained that our ability to care for a patient is directly correlated with the frequency we see them. Only seeing a patient every 90 days is often not frequent enough to enable quality care. But today, I hope, even strong......
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What does the current court order requiring Apple Computer to assist the FBI by “hacking” into a criminal’s phone have to do with pharmacy? One word: privacy. More and more, our patients are using their “smart phones” to keep and store their health records. Apple even includes Health Kit in their core operating system on......
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It may not be at the top of the list of things people consider when they think about what a pharmacist does all day, but one important, and over-looked aspect of the profession is a form of law enforcement. Specifically, pharmacists are constantly on the look-out for drug seekers and forged controlled substance prescriptions. Criminals are becoming more......
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The other day, during a conversation I was involved in, an employee questioned the number of persons employees by small businesses in the United States. I recalled having heard that the number was significant and might even have been more than 50%. When I was younger, I would have had to go to an encyclopedia to......
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Pharmacists are acutely aware of the power the PBMs wield over their practice. With the recent House Judiciary Hearings on PBMs and other reports of PBM abuse starting to grab the public’s attention, now is a great time to teach the world about the a relatively new PBM power tool: Flexing. Flexing, as defined by one of......
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Minneapolis / St. Paul television station KARE 11 recently published an investigative report on the tactics of the PBMs. This, coupled with the recent testimony heard at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearings cast a poor light on the industry. Click here to read an interesting report....
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Recently I have been in a discussion about several 2016 Medicare Part D plan that are appearing at the top of the savings lists when comparing plans with Medicare.gov and iMedicare.com (a third party plan comparison tool using the Medicare information). The issue we are regularly seeing is generics being listed around $1.00 per month. That......
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AccessRx has published an excellent overview of the House Judiciary’s PBM Hearing. Click here to read their summary and analysis....
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