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Any Willing Pharmacy Legislation Introduced in the U.S. Senate

Any willing pharmacy, or open network Medicare Part D, legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate. Sens. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) worked together to introduce The Ensuring Seniors Access to Local Pharmacies Act, or Senate Bill (S.) 1190. The legislation allows Medicare beneficiaries in medically underserved areas the opportunity to access lower copays at “any willing pharmacy” that agrees to accept a drug plan’s “preferred pharmacy” terms and conditions. S. 1190 is a companion bill to House Resolution 793. To join the Association in the support of this legislation, e-mail MPA Manager of Advocacy, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs Amanda Lick at Amanda@MichiganPharmacists.org today!

The timing of this legislation being introduced could not have been better, as the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) wrapped up their annual Legislative Conference today, which MPA participated in. Hundreds of pharmacy owners and other pharmacy professionals were in Washington to ask their members of Congress to co-sponsor the legislation. NCPA also produced an online video to help illustrate the negative effects of exclusive “preferred pharmacy” arrangements on patient care and community pharmacies. The video can be viewed online.

Posted in: Laws and Regulations
Call for Comments: Proposed Pharmacy Technician Rules, Proposed Compounding Rules and USP <800> Revisions

Please read the information below and submit comments on these important pharmacy issues.

  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP) <800> Revisions: USP has released proposed revisions to general chapter <800> for public comment. MPA will be submitting comments to USP related to these changes. All members or pharmacy organizations are encouraged to submit comments to USP as well as to MPA so that your views may be expressed in our comments. Comments are due to USP by May 31, 2015. If you would like your views incorporated into MPA’s comments, please forward your comments to Eric Roath, MPA director of professional practice, at Eric@MichiganPharmacists.org no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015. A copy of the proposed rules for pharmacy compounding can be found online.

  • Proposed Pharmacy Technician Rules: The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has released proposed revisions to the Board of Pharmacy administrative rule sets as they pertain to technician licensing, training and functions. MPA will be submitting comments to LARA related to these rules. All members or pharmacy organizations are encouraged to submit comments to LARA as well as to MPA so that your views may be expressed in our comments. Since no public hearing for these rules has been scheduled at this time, there is no firm deadline as to when comments need to be submitted, but we encourage those members intending to comment to do so as soon as possible. If you would like your views incorporated into MPA’s comments, please forward your comments to Eric Roath, MPA director of professional practice, at Eric@MichiganPharmacists.org. A copy of the proposed rules for pharmacy technicians can be found online.

  • Proposed Compounding Rules: LARA has released proposed revisions to the Board of Pharmacy administrative rule sets as they pertain to pharmacy compounding and demonstration of compliance with USP guidelines. MPA will be submitting comments to LARA related to these rules. All members or pharmacy organizations are encouraged to submit comments to LARA as well as to MPA so that your views may be expressed in our comments. Since no public hearing for these rules has been scheduled at this time, there is no firm deadline as to when comments need to be submitted, but we encourage those members intending to comment to do so as soon as possible. If you would like your views incorporated into MPA’s comments, please forward your comments to Eric Roath, MPA director of professional practice, at Eric@MichiganPharmacists.org. A copy of the proposed rules for pharmacy compounding can be found online.
Posted in: Laws and Regulations
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