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Testimony for HB 4348 was heard by the Michigan House Committee on Health Policy on Wednesday. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Julie Calley in February, would require Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to be licensed and regulated in Michigan. Representative Calley explained what PBMs are to the committee on Wednesday, while also giving reasons for why she believes they need to b...

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AG Nessel, Bipartisan Coalition Reach $573M Settlement with McKinsey & Co. for 'Turbocharging' Opioid Epidemic with Purdue Pharma  Contact: Ryan Jarvi 517-599-2746 Agency: Attorney General   February 4, 2021 LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined 46 other attorneys general in a $5...

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The Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing released the following regarding its current stance on plans for enforcing USP <800> standards. The Michigan Public Health Code defines USP standards as those that are officially published. Since USP 800 has not been formally written in a final and official publication, it is not required by the Code for applicant seeing initial licensu...

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Marla M. Ekola, Pharm.D., BCPS, MBA, director of pharmacy, McLaren Greater Lansing, Lansing Over the past several years, pharmacy technicians have experienced increased responsibility and an elevation in duties in the workplace. Technicians have always been the heart and soul of the health-system pharmacy. They keep operations running, preserve pharmacist’s sanity and strive to keep ...

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By Bridget Caito, specialty pharmacy 340B analyst, Ascension Michigan Pharmacy and Deb Sopo, R.Ph., MBA, FMPA, pharmacy manager, Ascension Michigan Pharmacy, Warren   Dozens of times a day, nuances come up in the pharmacy that make our job more difficult. Today, it may be another uninsured case that we lost hundreds of dollars on, or a needed drug that is not on formulary. As pharmacists an...

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