Pharmacy News

Entries for March 2016

Magellan Seeking Strategic Clinical Pharmacist Consultant

Magellan is seeking a Strategic Clinical Pharmacist Consultant to monitor their behavioral health programs and serve as a clinical liaison to providers.  The clinical pharmacist consultant reviews physician prescribing patterns, consults with physicians regarding these patterns using evidence-based best practice guidelines (in-person or telephonically), works closely with internal staff in the refinement of Magellan’s psychopharmacology management programs, provides consultation on pharmacy issues to clinical operations representatives and facilitates the successful implementation of these programs for customer organizations. This pharmacist is responsible for meeting monthly consultation goals. This position reports to the Sr. Director of Behavioral Health Pharmacy Solutions and will coordinate with operations, clinical, medical, reporting and other internal departments as needed. Click here for more information regarding the position.

Posted in: Professional Practice
Pharmacy Requirements to Address MAPS Reporting Errors within Seven Calendar Days

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has requested that MPA remind member pharmacists that the Board of Pharmacy Controlled Substances Rule Set requires pharmacies to fix any errors identified in submission of MAPS data within seven calendar days.  Rule 62d (R 338.3162d) states “The department or the department’s contractor shall notify a pharmacist, pharmacy, dispensing prescriber, or veterinarian of an error in data reporting. Upon receiving notification of an error in data reporting, a pharmacist, pharmacy, dispensing prescriber, or veterinarian shall take appropriate measures to correct the error and transmit the corrected data to the department or the department’s contractor within seven calendar days of being notified of the error.”  LARA has indicated that it will be taking action against pharmacies that do not comply with this regulation.

If you are notified of an error in a MAPS data submission, the error can be corrected through the following steps:
1. Login to your MAPS account.
2. Scroll to the Submission Tracking area of your MAPS homepage (located at the bottom). 
3. Choose Correct Error from the Select Action drop-down box to correct the errors. 
4. Once the correct information is entered into the erred field, click on Save at the top and it will take you to the next record if there is more than one error that needs to be corrected within this file.

Posted in: Professional Practice
Training on Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking Considered a “One-Time” Requirement
In response to questions as to whether training on identifying victims of human trafficking would need to be repeated by licensees for each renewal cycle, a representative from the Legal Affairs Division of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has stated that the training is being considered a “one-time” event. Under this direction, those who have already completed an appropriate training offering will not need to complete an additional training program in upcoming renewal cycles. Additionally, LARA has indicated that the training requirement is not required until after the first full renewal cycle for licensees has been completed. This training is not a requirement for any licensees renewing in 2016.
Posted in: Professional Practice
Bill Signing and Medication Synchronization

On March 15th, the Governor singed Public Act 38 formerly known as Senate Bill No. 150, the legislation permitting medication synchronization in the State of Michigan. The legislation will require health plans that provide prescription drug coverage to provide a program for synchronizing multiple maintenance medications for patients. This legislation will not only provide convenience for the patient, but will also be one additional strategy towards ensuring adherence to medications.

In order for patients to qualify for the medication synchronization program the following must occur:

  • The patient’s pharmacist and physician must agree that medication synchronization is in the best interest for the management of the patient’s chronic long-term conditions.
  • The patient must be covered by insurance.
  • The medications must have refills, be used to treat chronic conditions and cannot be controlled substances.
  • The medications must meet prior authorization requirements at the time of beginning the program.
  • The medications must also be in a formulation that may be split to achieve synchronization.
  • Insurers or health management organizations will also be required to offer prorated daily cost-sharing rates for medications for the purpose of synchronization.
  • Pay or reimburse a dispensing fee only if it were based on each maintenance prescription drug dispensed, and not prorated.

If you have any questions, please contact MPA Manager of Advocacy, Governmental and Regulatory Affairs Amanda Lick at or MPA Director of Professional Practice Eric Roath at

*Featured in picture from left to right: Sen. Margaret O’Brien, Stephanie Bogema Amanda Lick, Gov. Rick Snyder, Eric Roath and Larry Wagenknecht.

Posted in: Member News
Pharmacy Technician Rules Finalized
The Bureau of Professional Licensing under the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) published on March 16, 2016, the final rules for licensed pharmacy technicians in the State of Michigan. Topics covered by the new rule set include:
Eligibility for licensure
Licensure by endorsement
Approved pharmacy technician training programs
Requirements for re-licensure
Training standards for identifying victims of human trafficking
Continuing education and examination requirements
Activities and functions that may be performed by a pharmacy technician

The final rules can be accessed online by visiting the LARA Web site under the Office of Regulatory Reinvention:

Summary of Pharmacy Continuing Education Requirements 

For those renewing on June 30, 2016

If you were licensed... Then you will need... 
Prior to June 30, 2015 10 hours of CE
After June 30, 2015 0 hours of CE

For renewals after a completed, two year licensure period...

Continuing Education Required  Number of Hours
Live Hours 5 hours
Pain and Symptom Management 1 hour
Patient Safety 1 hour
Pharmacy Law 1 hour
Pharmacy technicians are required to obtain 20 hours in total prior to applying for renewal. This only applies to pharmacy technicians renewing after a full 2-year licensure cycle.
Posted in: Member News
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